Have you ever met someone that you were very impressed with the first time you meet them, but it didn’t take long until . . . well, you know – your opinion changed. We’re interviewing candidates at work to fill couple of open positions. Today, a friend reminded me that a lot of people are like a broom . . . sweep real good at first, then . . . I hooted! That’s so funny, but yet . . . sadly, it’s often very true. It’s human nature to put our “best foot forward” to get our foot in the door, but as in Aesop’s fable about the tortoise and the hare, it’s the one who keeps on keeping on that makes it to the finish line.
When we learn the truth and become a Christian, we are often “on fire” for the Lord. We wouldn’t dream of missing services. We talk about our faith and invite others to study God’s Word with us, but often, it doesn’t take long and well, let’s just say, “we stop sweeping real good!” This year has definitely been challenging for Christians. Many congregations streamed their services online during the “shut-down” last spring, and most have yet to get back to their regular pre-pandemic schedule of services. But that doesn’t change the Christian’s responsibilities do all that they can for as long as they can. For Jesus told the church in Smyrna, “be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life” (Revelation 2:10b). That’s our finish line.
Becoming a Christian should not be a decision made quickly for it is a life-long commitment that requires sacrifice, hard work, and dedication. But – the retirement plan is “out of this world!” Simply blessed, Courtney