“Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.” 1 Corinthians 10:12 ESV
We have a propensity to take things easy. There is a thin line in our Christian walks between resting and being spiritually lazy. We lack the discernment at times to see when spiritual lethargy has taken over and left us in a prideful demeanor, putting off things of eternal value. This is especially true when it comes to our fight against sin. In our own strength, we are enslaved to it and need something—or someone, rather—much greater than us to free us from it in the first place. The fight against sin is a never-ending struggle on this side of eternity, but do we make it harder when we think we can face it head on with our own strength? Or when we set ourselves up for failure, making the work of Satan easier to cause us to fall?
When Christ prayed in the garden of Gethsemane, about to take the wrath of the Father that we ultimately deserve, His words to the slumbering disciples were words of great caution and words that we should heed greatly: “Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26:40-41). These words of warning should resonate with us, as followers of Christ ourselves, to stay diligent and alert in our fight against sin and our flesh.
Too often we are lulled into a sleepy demeanor when it comes to handling temptation, and we even put ourselves in situations and environments were our flesh can thrive and the will to fight it can be stifled. When we fall to this temptation and fall repeatedly into the same sin that our Savior gave His life to free us from, we at times are left wondering, “How did I let this happen?” Satan is strategic when it comes to temptation. From the Garden with our mother Eve, to Christ in the wilderness, to now, he designs to cause us to stumble and fall at every turn.
The stumbling block is not always the size of a mountain, making it easy to see. It can be so minuscule that it does not look dangerous at all. The low growl of the prowling lion can be heard in the distance and grows ever so closer when we place ourselves in his way willingly. Therefore, the Apostle Peter gives us another warning to be sober-minded and alert because we are in the line of sight to be defeated (1 Peter 5:8). And yet, the beautiful truth is that our Savior has already won the victory for His glory and our good. Let us seek our God for the vigor and strength to stay alert in this pilgrimage home and strengthen ourselves daily with commune with Him by His Word and in prayer. Stay alert, sisters!
Father, often at times I grow apathetic and lazy in my walk and in the fight of sin; I give in to it rather than resting in Your Strength. I repent of this and ask that you would stir in me a desire to seek Your Face and rest in Your grace. Thank You that my sin is forgiven and victory is in Christ. To His name be the glory and honor and praise forever. Amen!
Have you grown apathetic in your walk lately? Have you been prideful in thinking that you got this whole sin thing under control? Take heed! Ask God for the humility and understanding that without His help, you will fail daily. Rest in His strength and not your own.