The importance of persevering in the faith
They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us.
—1 John 2:19
I meet quite a few people today whom I would classify as “Alka Seltzer Christians.” Do you know what an Alka Seltzer Christian is? It’s a person whose spiritual life is just plop-plop, fizz and it’s over. Yes, there’s a lot of emotion, a lot of excitement, a lot of fireworks. But then they disappear. This is not real Christianity!
Now, I’m not suggesting that if you’ve repented and returned to Christ, you’re going to live a perfect life. That would be salvation by works. But I am saying any true believer – anyone who has truly trusted Jesus Christ – will have a lasting heart of repentance, a “fizz” that lasts well beyond the “plop-plop.”
If you’re truly in Christ, if you’ve turned from sin and given your life to Him, you can never go back to it because Christ has changed me from the inside out. So the question every Christian needs to ask himself today is this: Has Christ truly changed you? Have you truly embraced Him and turned away from the sin in your life?
Don’t be an Alka Seltzer Christian. Be a faithful follower of Christ who lives a life of trust and obedience as you walk by faith all the days of your life!
TRUE CHRISTIANITY ISN’T JUST A SWELL OF EMOTIONS THAT FIZZLES OUT. SO PERSEVERE IN TRUST AND OBEDIENCE AS YOU LIVE A LIFE OF FAITH.