Eternal Life Requires Decisiveness
Here’s a pair of good Bible quotes, ordered in steps, that you can reflect on when considering if you’re worthy of the Kingdom of God. Good news is that you don’t have to have been practicing Faith for more than a day before you can adopt these scriptures as your truth. First I list the Scriptures, then I list a summary in layman terms, and beneath I share a simple Scripture interpretation.
Matthew 17:20 - He said to them, “Because of your little faith. Amen, I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to the mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
Matthew 21:26 - Whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant; 27 - whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave. Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Luke 9:60-62 - “Let the dead bury their dead. But you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God. And another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say farewell to my family at home.” [To Him] Jesus said, “No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the kingdom of God.”
Matthew 16:19 - I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
In other words:
Only the smallest amount of Faith is required
The smallest seed is the mustard seed and grows a greater bushel
Being a servant to others is being the greatest
That’s what American’s have strived for in building this nation
Following Jesus means sacrifices
The purpose is to defeat the temptations laid out by the enemy
If you can do all these, you get the keys to Heaven
Let me elaborate on the third bullet point, when Jesus responds to his would-be disciple that said “I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say farewell to my family at home” Jesus responded by saying that no one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the kingdom of heaven. You have to be very decisive, letting your No mean No, and your Yes mean Yes. For you can’t serve as an instrument to both earthly pleasures-or-pressures and the Kingdom of Heaven.
The biggest decisions we’ll have to face throughout the course of our spiritual development revolve around the sacraments of service. When we leave our parents home we become obliged to our mate; we become one. Together you are the voice for God’s mandate through your example and fidelity to one another. Proclaiming your faith is best demonstrated through your own personal actions. Not necessarily by standing behind a podium.
Faith is something that can be turned on and off by each individual through their own will power. My cliff note for passing the faith test is to believe that Jesus is the Aplha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, and that all shall pass but his verb never will. Those that believe in Jesus’ Word get saved, period.
Your faith and, in turn your salvation, falls in your hands!