Jer 31:33-34 “This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.34 No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the Lord. “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”
God promises to give us a brand new nature as a free gift. This is essentially what salvation is. The result of this free gift is that we WANT to make progress from whatever state our life is in to one that more closely represents the life of Christ. The change our nature initially represents itself as a change of DESIRE.
So, how do we step through the stages ? How do we get from the prison to become the person trusted with responsibility? God’s gift manifests itself as a willingness to be single minded and decisive, even somewhat ruthless in carrying out what we have decided.
When we have been so gifted, we should not waste this gift. We should not “slacken”. We should not even think about pampering ourselves.
Prov 24:30-34 reads: I went past the field of a slacker and by the vineyard of a man lacking judgment. Thorns had grown up everywhere, thistles had covered the ground, and the stone wall was broken down. I observed and took it to heart; I looked and received instruction: A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and need like a bandit.
Progress, indeed, is often determined in a moment when, having determined in my heart that I am convinced about the way to go, the cost is counted, and we commit to whatever sacrifice is determined to be necessary to achieve the result.
Declaration: I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back.