And now some force !

All said and done (according to us), what is left for us to do?

In the last two articles, I wrote about overcoming the invisible pull towards a sinful older self and about the effects of sin on our faith. In this post, I want to look at what it takes to continue walking successfully with the Lord.


Two simple words with an underlying third meaning come into my mind. Obedience and trust but neither is possible without submission. And submission is not possible without surrender. Hypothetically we all know that it is better to obey than be punished, but as humans we continue till we are scathed, even disregarding the punishment yet to come. When we talk of obeying God, we should note that it is not about a miserable Father who wants to hurt us but about a Father who knows what is best for us. So why is surrender so difficult? Jesus says:


“Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” [Luke 18:25]   


The riches of this world on which our eyes are set (knowledge, material wealth or desires) determine the condition of our heart and when we are blinded by that wealth, it is impossible for us to turn our hearts to God. When Peter asks, who then can be saved, Jesus answers: What is impossible for man is possible for God. God has made the narrow way open to man but the truth is that way is still narrow and difficult. We need to surrender everything including every thought in obedience to Christ. On another occasion Jesus says,


From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it. [Mathew 11:25]


The sinners of Jesus’s day were in such earnestness that they pushed in to listen to him, thirsting for forgiveness and salvation. It still calls for the same amount of violence for us to give up the desires of this world and submit to God.  It takes the force of our will to overcome the lust of eyes, lust of flesh and the pride of life with the grace of God. It takes a violent effort to take hold of the heavenly kingdom. Bring yourself before God by force (of course u cannot remain there without grace, so ask for it) and train and discipline yourself to keep running till the race is run and the victory is won! 


In the gospels we can see that Jesus asked an unrepentant generation to repent and believe for the kingdom of God was near. And to those who believed Jesus said, follow me. And to those who followed him Jesus said, deny yourself.


In simple words, our ‘self’ stands between us and God. If we are lazy and foolish like the virgins who were not ready when Jesus returned, those who are quicker and wiser will enter in by force while we are left wondering where we missed out.


Let us pray to God while he may still be found so that when the mighty waters rise it will not reach us (Psalm 32:6).







2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by ancy on March 25, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    God bless, dear…! 🙂


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