All those who’ve been successful in any field, have without a doubt taken measures and safe guards to stay at it; to keep going; basically, to not fall.
If there is anything ever that is worth taking these type measures, it is the Christian life.
We read in I Cor. 16:13 “Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.”
The Lord uses Paul to write to these Corinthian believers; many of who were baby Christians, and still carnal; of some safe guards to put in place, to keep on for God. I believe the Lord would have us to do each of these also for the same reason.
Watch ye, this is a word the Lord Jesus used the night before the cross, while He is in the midst of the garden praying in agony; and then comes back to Peter, James, and John, and finds them sleeping in such an hour. What, could ye not watch with me one hour?
If I’m taking safe guards for myself, this is the person’s life I must watch. Watch my eyes, my ears and my mouth. Watch my heart, watch my actions.
Truly, no one should take more responsibility to watch my life and my steps other than myself.
Stand fast in the faith. Others may and will change, but I must be committed to stand fast in the faith of Jesus Christ. Stand for His truth, and for His cause. Like Shammah of old; one of King David’s mighty men, who stood to defend a piece of ground when all the rest of the army present fled. When I stand for Christ, I am never standing alone.
I Cor.15:58 “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”
Then: quit you like men, be strong.
It is true, that any old dead fish can float down stream; but to keep going forward in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation. Our strength will only be as we rely on, and put our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.