As Long As We Remain In His Grace
Like a fish out of the water, and
like a leaf plucked off from its stern, so will a Christian be, if he does not
remain in the grace of the Lord.
Jesus is kind to those who always
remain in His grace but severe toward those who have fallen. Chicks will be
safe as long as they remain under the wings of their mother hen. If they are
always wandering away from the mother hen, they become easy prey to eagles. It
is better to fall down within the ark then to fall overboard into the flood. A
fish which took the bait and was hooked out of the water cannot complain there
was not enough water. It was the fish which left the water and not the other
way around. The abundant grace of God is like water in the ocean. It is
sufficient for all. But those who have departed from the truth are like the
fish that was hooked up from the sea (Jn 15:5).
The Lord has said, “For apart from
me you can do nothing,” and “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you;
abide in my love. If you keep my commandments you will abide in my love, just
as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love” (Jn 15:9-10). As believers, we should keep ourselves in
God’s love (Jude 21). Shimei was clearly told by King
Solomon not to depart from Jerusalem.
The day he crossed over the boundary of Jerusalem
he would surely die (1 Kgs 2). But after some time
Shimel was not watchful and he departed from Jerusalem. As a result he was put to death.
Let us therefore continue to remain in the grace of God.