Determination: I'm All In
One Sunday morning a certain man of God asked a woman standing before him, “Do you confess Christ to be the Son of God”? “Yes”, the women replied. Then the man said, “Your confession brought death to Christ but will bring everlasting life to you; you may follow the ladies as they escort you to the dressing room to change”. The women was heavy set, she walked with a unyielding domineer, her head leaned forward, her shoulders straight, her arms swung front to back like a soldier, and her legs just followed. As she proceeded out the door, down the walk way to the baptism pool, I asked her, do you know where you are going? She continued to walk with her face set forward and said, “I’m going to be baptized.”
If there is ever a reason to be determinate about something, salvation is the reason! We all have done, thought or said bad things, which is sin. God’s word says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). (Romans 6:23) says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.
Salvation is something we should all want. We should not let anyone or anything get in our way from achieving this goal. When seeking soul salvation we must be determined and unwavering in our faith. As believers we should rejoice in the fact that we have the Holy Spirit to help us with determination and strength to continue our walk of faith.
The enemy is determined to cloud our judgment to distract us from our goal. This world gets our attention with every apparent change. Have you notice how much this world has change in the last 7 years? Distraction occurs partly because our brains have been developed to notice any small changes, coupled with the fact that our mind wanders 50% of our day. From the Christian Perspective we know these are some of the wiles of the enemy. It appears as though we’re fighting an uphill battle, and we are however, we have been equipped with the tools to win this battle. We must train ourselves to focus more effectively on Christ. Keeping our mind on Christ gives us the determination and the stamina we need to keep going when times get hard.
When we read Hebrews 12:2-3 (MSG) it say’s “Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!”
The meaning of determination is; a quality that you need to achieve something difficult. What would make salvation difficult? The Savior has done His part by defeating the enemy, so why would you need determination in the race to obtain salvation? What could possibly make this race difficult? Could it be that we have a part to play in this achievement. Overcoming the worlds is difficult to say the least. Distractions and constant challenges arise daily. The enemy is aware of our distractions, he created them; consequently he uses them to keep us from making our mark.
Therefore, strong determination is a must. Coupled with determination we need assurance, to be more specific we need the full assurance of hope. This full assurance signifies an unwavering of faith. Assurance gives us the confidence of a fearless trust in the hope and truth of all Scriptures. Full assurance in knowing there is neither doubt, nor uncertainties of God’s promises, and of the gift of Salvation. This gift from God may be free however there are some things we must do.
Remember the young lady I spoke of in the beginning of this blog, she was confident in what she needed to do. There were several things that occurred that day to distract her; a malfunction in her clothes, the pool water was cold, nonetheless she was steadfast, determined to meet all of the qualification it took to become a Christian that day. She was determined in her personal quest in seeking salvation for her soul. Is salvation important to you? How determined are you to rise to the occasion?