We have a tendency to trivialize everything. But we come to own this tendency with good reason. Absolutely everything we know deteriorates. Even the compassion of Man is in a state of flux; needs come and go, the sick get better or die, poverty evaporates at the end of its work, hatred goes to sleep when it is tired of destroying. So even Man’s compassion (what is considered the best Man can offer) rests from its work.
We strive hard, but at the end of the day everything we know is trivial. Everything we know is in a constant state of repair or deterioration. Isn’t that why we sleep?
Most people, including myself, tend to apply this trivial mindset to the gospel of Christ. We can’t help it, it’s in our nature to perceive things as if they are passing. And without the constant help of the eternal Living God’s Holy Son we would never perceive the gospel as eternal. It would remain in a mode of choice. And isn’t that what we see when we look at those who call themselves Christians; constantly making the choice to do (or not to do) Christ-like things.
We need to be reminded that his promises last forever and never change. That’s why we read the Bible often; to renew our decaying mind. That’s why we pray, with whatever earnest soul we can muster. Isn’t that why we are told to encourage one another?
Connected to this is an understanding that has come again to me this morning. Everything we do is manufactured. It’s in a constant state of repair. But a love for righteousness cannot be in a state of repair. For whatever constantly needs repair is also constantly deteriorating. Love does not deteriorate, and eternal Righteousness does not fall into the realm of choice. Let’s be honest, we either love righteousness or we don’t.
What an amazing place God has created; it is not a place of deterioration, it is a place of potential eternal life. There can be no better testing of a man’s heart than the state of affairs I have spoken of here. On top of that, God knows the difference between a manufactured love of righteousness and one that is ingrained and sincere.
This is the nature of salvation. It is not something that will be. It is something that IS. Christ has come, as the great power of God, to redeem the humble of heart. He has come to teach us eternity. Imagine that! The sum of what we know about eternity is the simple word itself. And without the presence of God, that’s where our knowledge remains.
Every man is encouraged to begin the journey of truth. The journey is called Christianity.