We as Christ’s followers need to be diligent and protective of the confidence in our salvation and ministry that has been given us through Christ. We need to guard this confidence that keeps us moving forward with Christ, and beware of threats that expose our soul to sin’s subtle influences.
I remember in high school biology our teacher discussing a frog in a pot of water. He said the frog would likely sit there content in the water if undisturbed. The teacher then related that if we slowly increased the temperature of the water, the frog would not become alarmed or realize the real trouble it was in with the ever-increasing temperature. At some point, well, the increasing water temperature would incapacitate the frog from having the ability to leap to safety. The outcome would be death for the frog.
In life, signposts guide the inexperienced. And it’s often the hidden, unexpected dangers that pose the greatest threat to your soul’s survival.
Do you see the analogy that I see and propose between the frog and a slow creep in spiritual decay? Our spiritual loss of confidence, ignoring sin's subtle inroads, and “going with the flow” behavior does damage to our spiritual effectiveness. Let’s hold tight to our confidence in Christ. We will be richly rewarded if we do. Amen
"Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need." Hebrews 4:16 (NIV)
"So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded." Hebrews 10:35 (NIV)
Affluence, deceptive teaching, actions taken on improper thought, worldly pleasures, immorality, just plain laziness—each of these can tempt you to throw away your confidence by chipping away at your faith and salvation. The pathway to destruction isn’t necessarily taken with giant steps. More often than not, it’s taken with little shuffles.
God delights in those who diligently guard their faith, standing firm in the confidence of His Word and pressing on toward the goal of Christlikeness—regardless of our earthly circumstances or tribulations. Be on guard for the slow increasing temperature of sin.