A verse from last week’s sermon was, “From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him” (John 6:66); makes you tremble doesn’t it? We think if the disciples, with all their advantages, staggered; might we someday follow suit? Might every step we take forward spiritually be followed by a step backward; maybe two steps?
No one wants to be a quitter, so we respond with, “I’m going to knuckle down and do better next time,” but that doesn’t last to long. Sooner or latter that perfection of ours just doesn’t do, or we find out that there was a whole lot about holiness that we didn’t know anything about, or even considered. Simon says, “Take two steps backward.”
With this in mind the words of Paul are remembered, “Continue to work out your salvation, with fear and trembling” (Phil 2:12). Plainly all this means is we are to take this salvation life more seriously then we take anything else in the world.