|Volume 21 Number 4 April 2019||
The car is all loaded. You think you have remembered to pack everything that you will need. You take one last look in the house, you lock the door, and now it is time to go. Yet, this trip is different than any other trip before. Your destination is unknown. The time frame is not certain. All that you know is that you have been asked by God to go, and He will show you the way.
While most of us cannot really imagine a scenario in which the Lord would ask us to move like that, God approached Abram in exactly that way in Genesis 12. Abram was asked by God to leave his father’s house and go into a land that he did not know. The Lord promised to bless Abram and to make him a great nation. Abram packed up all his possessions and departed with Sarai, his wife, and Lot, his nephew.
When we look at this great story and really the entire life of Abraham, we see an account of faith, trust and total reliance on the Lord. Even though there were times when Abraham chose to do things his own way, he always found his way back to the Lord. To this very day, Abraham is known as the father of the faithful.
Now, we as individuals must decide how we are going to live our lives. Are we going to live our lives with total faith and trust in the Lord, or are we going to live our lives our own way, never submitting to the way of the Lord? We are heading out on a journey, not knowing what tomorrow has in store. Let us all keep our eyes on God and eternity, and He will continue to direct our paths.
In an article entitled, “7 Questions about Once Saved, Always Saved,” Joe McKeever asks, “Can you unfry an egg?” He then goes on to confidently state, “Then, after being saved—genuinely forgiven and accepted and transformed by the Holy Spirit of God into something far different from what you were, more than any hen’s egg ever dreamed possible—you cannot undo it. Once saved, always saved. To say otherwise, and to preach it, might be something akin to insulting the Holy Spirit.” Mr. McKeever goes on in the article to make a positive case for eternal security, explaining the biblical case for why this is true and should be believed.
While you cannot unfry an egg, a Christian can most certainly lose salvation if not careful. “For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain terrifying expectation of judgment, and the fury of a fire which will consume the adversaries” (Hebrews 10:26-27).
[Editor’s Note: Illustrations are great and useful only if they correctly and accurately illustrate a biblical truth. Illustrations of themselves and by themselves do not prove anything! As brother Baxley indicated, the fried egg illustration above is cute, but it does not represent biblical truth. ~ Louis Rushmore, Editor]