“Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully.” (2 John 1:8)
There’s an important question to ask ourselves here. Is it human nature to believe what we want to believe, or are we more likely to believe the truth, even if it contradicts our own natural instincts and desires?
I ask this question somewhat rhetorically, because I think most people would agree that we have a hard time accepting that which we do not want to accept.
Can we lose something that we once had? According to this verse, yes. And according to other isolated verses, the answer might appear to be no. So here’s the thing. Which do we believe? It’s certainly easier and more desirable to believe that there’s nothing we can do to lose what we have worked for, but does that make it true?
My point here isn’t to attempt to validate one side of this argument over the other. It’s simply to point out that there is often more than one way to look at things, and that our nature tends to sway us toward the side of convenience rather than truth. Sometimes they’re one and the same, but often they are contradictory.
We all see things from different perspectives. But we must try to see what God wants us to see, whether we like it or not. We all know that He is good, but we don’t always agree on the meaning of “good.” Sometimes His version of good might appear to be just the opposite, but only because we lack understanding. So we must work on that. His word will not change simply because we will it to. It will remain as it is, eternally, and it is our duty to strive for understanding.
How does one lose something? Usually, it’s because of carelessness. When we cherish something so much that we are never willing to let go of it, it is very unlikely that we’ll lose it. But even then, it’s not impossible. One slip, and it could be gone. And finding it again might prove to be more difficult the next time.
So, should we live in a bubble? Yes and no. Of course, we should always try to surround ourselves with others who believe as we do, and are willing to do the things that God has commanded. Together, we can watch over each other, and help prevent our brothers and sisters from stumbling, as they help prevent us from doing that which is wrong. But that’s not always practical. Deceivers are everywhere, often in disguise. So our faith and our actions must come from within. When something is living inside of us, it becomes much more difficult to lose. When we allow His Spirit to control our actions and our words, we can’t go wrong.
As He takes over, He also repels danger. That is why so many believers face persecution. Those who don’t believe feel threatened by us, and rightfully so, because they fear that we might influence them to release their lives into His hands. Only good can come from that, but they don’t see it that way, because they lack understanding. Again, it is our nature to believe what we want to believe.
Every time we open our eyes from sleep, we have a choice to make. We can decide to live our life with Him or without Him. We can choose to be obedient or to be selfish for the moment. We can honor Him or we can defile His word. The choices are ours to make, so choose wisely, and watch out that we don’t lose what we have worked for, so that we may be rewarded fully.
“…choose this day whom you will serve… But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15)
Have a great day everyone!