The greatest blessing in this life is salvation from sin by the blood of Jesus Christ. Can you imagine someone possessing the greatest treasure on earth, and then letting go? Yet some Christians let go of their salvation.
How can we prevent this from happening? 1 Corinthians 15:58 says, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” Here, Paul reveals three keys to holding on to our salvation.
1. We must be CONSISTENT in serving the Lord. By using the word, “steadfast”, Paul stressed that Christians must consistently demonstrate Christ-like actions, words and attitudes. But if we behave differently while at work, school or with our friends than we do on Sundays around our brethren, we are not being spiritually consistent. Or if we only attend worship services when it is convenient, we are not behaving consistently before God. Or if we live in a manner that contradicts God's teachings, we are not consistent Christians. Some Christians unknowingly let go of salvation for such reasons.
2. To hold on to our salvation we must be COMMITTED in serving the Lord. By using the word, “immovable”, Paul stressed that Christians should be firmly committed to God, as opposed to wavering in their faith. Unfortunately, some Christians are as unpredictable as the weather. If things go well, they may be faithful, but when things “go south” they complain, “back off" and even forsake the assembly of the church. Why is it that some trees withstand hurricanes, while others are toppled by mere breezes? It is because the former are well rooted. (Col. 2:1-7 reveals the same principal for Christian commitment.)
3. To hold on to our salvation we must CONTINUE serving the Lord. Paul commanded, “always abounding in the work of the Lord.” Although there may be times in which we are not physically able to as much for God as at other times, we must avoid quitting and walking away when we feel tired or disheartened. God calls us to "keep on keeping on” in our service to Him. To do otherwise is to let go of our salvation.
The Bible reveals that God will help us to keep a grip on our salvation - 1 Cor. 1:8 - but He won’t do it for us. Never let go of the greatest blessing ever!
Jesus, always Jesus,