Jesus requires of us to be perfect. We have to obey His words and commandments and follow Him until the end to have eternal life. He requires utter obedience and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord. We are all human, fallible, capable of making mistakes. We all stumble. How do we deal with it?
Do we carry on in sin, or in our mistake, or do we immediately correct it and take every precaution to avoid falling into the same trap again? We must realize that we are the masters of our own destiny. Our actions will determine whether we enter heaven, or end up in hell. The words of Jesus are clear. Those who disobey Him will not enter heaven. We have to decide whether we want to live, have eternal life with Jesus, follow and obey Him, or go our own way and end up in hell.
If we are serious about eternal life, we will immediately correct our error, as soon as it occurs, plead Jesus’ forgiveness and do our utmost not to repeat that mistake. If we don’t we will certainly not enter heaven. Some people say it is impossible. I want to set before you a scenario. I was a pilot. As a pilot, your life and those of the people flying with you are in your hands. If you make an error and do not correct it in time, you can be in serious trouble. You will die. The onus is on you alone to make swift effective correction. I flew for many years and I made many mistakes, but I survived. I was not the best pilot that I knew, I knew many brilliant pilots, some of them, who killed themselves, because they took chances, got reckless or just plain complacent. They paid for it with there lives. I also made many mistakes, but I never became complacent. I was always careful to stay within my limits and that of the aircraft, but nothing is perfect or predictable in air space. You cannot just stop, get out and correct. You will go down, and you seldom are able to choose where you crash. You never know what can happen. You may develop a mechanical problem with the aircraft. You need to check that out and correct it before you take off. Once you are in the air you are on your own and your actions determine whether you survive or not. You might take off and fly into bad whether. You might encounter high headwinds, causing you to consume more fuel, reducing your endurance so that you might not have enough fuel to reach your destination. If you don’t take timely action, divert and take in fuel sooner, at a different location, you will run out of fuel and crash. You have to plan your flight, endurance, fuel management and availability, alternates and deviations. You are not the only person in the air, you have to look out and make sure you do not collide with other aircraft. I am not trying to give you a lesson in flying but I want to stress to you how important it is to do everything right if you want to stay alive as a pilot. It is the very same in our walk with Jesus. As a pilot I made mistakes, got lost in the air, got caught in bad weather, storms, thunder, lightning, high winds, cross winds on landing that can flip your plane and throw you on the side of the runway, kill you, and many more. I survived because I was cautious, avoided taking chances and above all, Jesus kept me alive. I called on Him many times and He saved me from death and destruction.
We have to be careful in our walk with Jesus, not to sin, not to fall into temptation because that mistake that we make can be fatal. If we call on Jesus and take corrective action, we can save ourselves from hell and damnation. Many people do not repent, they do not correct their ways. Many are on the wrong way, they will reach the wrong destination.
Jesus will never leave us. He will never reject us if we come to Him, call on Him. He will always help, forgive and accept us back, if we repent of our error and come to Him. We leave Jesus, He never leaves us. However, He will never force us to obey Him. The wages of sin is death. Even if you are an old pilot, if you make a mistake you can die. Even if you are a seasoned Christian. If you sin you will burn. Jesus requires utter holiness and obedience. We must be extremely careful and make every effort to avoid sin. Remove all things from your life that can make you stumble or fall into temptation. Practice self control. Choose right and do right. If we do stumble we must immediately correct, repent and live holy, follow Jesus. You cannot afford to allow yourself to be distracted from Jesus, from living holy, righteous in obedience to Him. Our conscience and the Holy Spirit immediately warns us, the moment we go wrong. Stay focused on Jesus. He will guide you. Take heed, listen, obey, correct and stay on the straight narrow road, that leads to life.
The righteous may stumble, but they immediately repent and correct. Sinners continue in their wickedness and look for excuses. Some believers knowingly sin and commit adultery and fornication, with the intention of later asking forgiveness. They are not honest in their hearts, they keep their sin in their hearts and never repented. They will perish. God is not mocked. Jesus said that he who looks at a woman with lust is already guilty of adultery. Do not take chances. Many live in sin and hope to have the opportunity to have a death bed repentance before they die. Many die every day, unexpectedly. As you live, so shall you die. If you live in sin, you will perish in your sin.
Jesus saves from sin, but then we have to live holy, follow and obey Him until the end, to have eternal life.
May Jesus bless you.