Most professing Christians never get to know Jesus Christ, neither do they walk in His ways. Jesus is God. He is a holy God and He requires of us that we follow and obey Him, that we trust Him, that we live in holiness and that we get to know His ways through our relationship with Him. But most professing Christians never follow Jesus Christ. They read the Bible, they become religious, but they are worldly in their ways. They do not walk in the ways of the Lord.
We read in the book of Hebrews about the children of Israel, that God led out of Egypt out of bondage with many signs and wonders and He took care of them in the wilderness for forty years, but in that time they never got to know His ways. They did not repent from their evil ways and therefor they perished in the wilderness.
I read for us from Hebrews chapter 3 verse 7:”Therefore just as the Holy Spirit says:Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts, as when they provoked Me, as in the day of trial in the wilderness, where your fathers tried Me by testing me and saw my works for 40 years. Therefore I was angry with this generation and said:’They always go astray in their heart and they did not know My ways, as I swore in my wrath, they shall not enter My rest.'”
God led the children of Israel out of bondage through the Red Sea by many signs and wonders in the wilderness and He was taking them to the promised land but they did not forsake their evil ways. They kept on sinning. They kept on longing back to the fleshpots of Egypt just like most Christians. Jesus Christ set them free from the bondage of sin, He accepted them as children of God. Many of them were born again but then they keep on longing to go back to the world and they stay in their worldly ways, they refused to stop sinning and because of that they will perish.
I read further verse 12: “Take care brethren that there not be in any one of you an evil unbelieving heart, that falls away from the Living God, but encourage one another day after day as long as it is still called today, so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end. While it is said:”Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as when they provoked Me.” For who provoked Him when they had heard? Indeed did not all those who came out of Egypt, led by Moses, and with whom was He angry for 40 years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness and to whom did He swear that they would not enter his rest, but to those who were disobedient? So we see that they were not able to enter because of unbelief.” They never believed in God, they never believed that He could take care of them even in the wilderness. They kept on moaning and complaining and in the end that whole generation that God led out of Egypt perished in the wilderness and only their children went through into the Promised Land under the leadership of Joshua. The very same today, most professing Christians are living in sin. They do not believe that they can follow Jesus Christ as disciples. They do not believe that Jesus can take a care of them, that He can guide them, and teach them. They hang on to the things and the ways of the world, because they do not really believe. They do not stop sinning. They are conformed to the world and it is this generation that is provoking God, they will fall they will perish they will end up in hell because they refuse to believe, they refuse to obey Jesus, they refuse to trust Him. They refuse to repent of their evil ways and obey Jesus Christ,
Are we like the children of Israel? Do we refuse to follow Jesus? Are we only serving Jesus with lip service,or are we learning every day to trust in Him. Are we following Him, trusting Him, obeying Him and living in His ways. If we don’t we will perish like those unbelieving disobedient children of Israel. Let this serve as a warning to us to follow Jesus Christ as disciples and to serve Him as Lord and Master with all our heart.
May Jesus bless you.