|Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it…. Yet you have not called upon me, O Jacob, you have not wearied yourselves for me, O Israel. ~Isaiah 43:18-22
After God brings forgiveness and has mercy upon us; he is telling us to forget every sin we committed in the past, he is urging us not to dwell on them because he has done a new thing, he has given us a clean slate. But then, even after all of these, we still haven’t called upon him, we haven’t wearied ourselves for him.
One thing we have to understand in that once we become born again Christians, we ought to become active Christians. There is no such thing as an idle Christian. We should imitate Jesus’ behaviour when he was on earth. He was always wearying himself for us; even in death he did the same. What do we then give him in return? Going to Church whenever we feel like it, leaving our Bibles perfectly intact in the drawer, praying only when we need something from him, being Christians only when it is convenient, denying God just to uphold our “reputations”, fornicating and committing adultery just because we have a forgiving father, etc.
Brethren, we need to step out of our comfort zones!!! Christianity is not a walk of convenience; it is the exact opposite. It is very inconvenient, because the normal thing to do is to fulfill the desires of our flesh and our hearts, but in this Christian walk we find ourselves constantly battling our flesh just so we can follow the desires of the Spirit of God inside us. We are constantly struggling to hear the little voice of the Holy Spirit over the loud gonging of the world. We often have to go against everything we did in the past, leave all the friends we had in the past, so that we can follow Christ. This Christian walk is a constant battle and we will continue to lose if we continue to be mediocre Christians.
Take up your cross!!! Call upon God!!! Weary yourselves!!! Step out of your comfort zones!!! Ignore the desires of the flesh! And I assure you that through God’s grace and mercy, we will all ascend into Heaven on the last day.
Stay blessed and spread the word.