The One Who Keeps Me
“Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.’” John 6:35-40
Have you ever faced a struggle in which you wondered how you’d possibly make it to the end? Have you ever wondered if your faith could possibly remain through the flames of trial?
Part of the beauty of the Gospel is we were not only granted eternal life, but we do not keep hold of it either. We do not sustain ourselves. Your faith to believe is first given by God and then also sustained by Him. Jesus promises He will keep each believer and raise them to eternal life. It is only by God’s gift of grace you still believe and you have made it this far, and it will be by grace that you continue.
On the days when your sanctification, the process of carving you into the image of Christ, seems slow and grueling, remember God is faithful, and He will see us to completion (Philippians 1:6). Though many others may give up on you, God never will. He will not cast you out. Your initial salvation was not dependent on you, and it still doesn’t depend on you. The work of saving and sustaining is in God, and He is faithful. He will never lose you, friend.
Thank you, God, for Your sustaining grace in my life. Thank you for keeping me and faithfully loving me. Thank You for Your work of sanctification in my life. Please help me to trust You in the trying days ahead, and to remember Your faithful promises. Amen.
Think on the ways God has proven Himself faithful in your life, and thank Him for how He has sustained you through the various trials you have faced.