Each of us must choose how we will follow Christ, after all, we are as close to God as we choose to be.
We choose how much time we will pray, read His word, fellowship with others and if we will obey Him.
There comes a time in our lives when we press in closer, usually in times of trials, and times we pull away, usually in times of prosperity, we must each work out our salvation with fear and trembling.
This is not anything new to God, mankind has been this way from the beginning, even the disciples followed this pattern walking with Jesus on the earth.
How do you choose to follow Christ?
From a distance?
Or beside Him?
This I know, when we follow a distance and try to walk with the world when the time comes the world will abandon us always, there is no loyalty, no faithfulness from the world.
But in times of troubles, in times of prosperity, in times of sadness, in times of joy, always and forever Christ Jesus is faithful, He is loving, He is with us and He alone will never abandon us or leave us.
God’s word says this:
“Therefore, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, so now, not only in my presence but even more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God who is working in you both to will and to work according to his good purpose. Do everything without grumbling and arguing, so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God who are faultless in a crooked and perverted generation, among whom you shine like stars in the world, by holding firm to the word of life. Then I can boast in the day of Christ that I didn’t run or labor for nothing. But even if I am poured out as a drink offering on the sacrificial service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. In the same way you should also be glad and rejoice with me.”Philippians 2:12-18 CSB
“They seized him, led him away, and brought him into the high priest’s house. Meanwhile Peter was following at a distance. They lit a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, and Peter sat among them. When a servant saw him sitting in the light, and looked closely at him, she said, “This man was with him too.” But he denied it: “Woman, I don’t know him.” After a little while, someone else saw him and said, “You’re one of them too.” “Man, I am not!” Peter said. About an hour later, another kept insisting, “This man was certainly with him, since he’s also a Galilean.” But Peter said, “Man, I don’t know what you’re talking about!” Immediately, while he was still speaking, a rooster crowed. Then the Lord turned and looked at Peter. So Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said to him, “Before the rooster crows today, you will deny me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly.”Luke 22:54-62 CSB
“Be strong and courageous; don’t be terrified or afraid of them. For the Lord your God is the one who will go with you; he will not leave you or abandon you.”Deuteronomy 31:6 CSB
“Keep your life free from the love of money. Be satisfied with what you have, for he himself has said, I will never leave you or abandon you.” Hebrews 13:5 CSB
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