Did you know that to be saved is not hard? What is hard is remaining saved until the end and this is a feat that few people have been able to accomplish so far.
As long as we are alive, we will have to persevere because we don’t know when we will die. We must live everyday as though we could die or be raptured. We cannot be unprepared for the day of our death. We have to be like the 5 wise virgins who were vigilant until the Bridegroom returned (see Matthew 25).
However, if we decide to start living in sin, our years of being saved will not save us if we don’t repent. In the same way, if we decide to abandon our faith after 50 years of serving God, these years will amount to nothing. Equally, 50 years of wrongdoings can be cancelled out the day you decide to give your life to God, but there is no guarantee that there will be a chance for repentance. This is a risk we cannot afford to take and for this reason we must ensure that our salvation is intact everyday.
So how can we make sure of this? The Apostle Paul gives us the following advice: “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” (Philippians 4:8).
Indeed, we must strive to keep our minds on what is pure. That means, whatever is not related to these things, we must cut off. We must gain control over our thoughts to remain saved; this will ensure that we make the right choices and reduce the probability of making mistakes. We have to remember that not every thought formed in our mind is ours. The devil will always work to put us down by bringing all sorts of thoughts and suggestions but we must get rid of the “rubbish” and decide to focus solely on what is positive. We must also be willing to let go of people who influence us to think negatively. In doing so, we will make sure we remain saved until the end of our journey.