The benefits for those who embark on the Christian walk and life are only for those who overcome, not those who start and falter or those who are not totally committed and are a bit half-hearted. It’s a fact of life on earth that there are wars; physical, mental and spiritual. And because man is made up of three parts, body, soul and spirit, he is attacked on all three fronts from without. He is tested in the body with physical ailments, the soul with mental misinformation and the spirit with evil perceptions and lies. There is no way to get around it. And just as in the physical realm the prize is for the one who finishes the race, the heavenly rewards are for the one that overcomes. The verse reads, “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the spirit sayeth to the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.”

Many Christians today live as though they have completed the race and arrived because they have had a ‘born again’ experience. But to be born means that it is just the beginning not the finish line. While it is a great comfort to know that believers are secure in the arms of a loving God and no man can pluck them away, we must also acknowledge that Jesus said it is for those ‘that overcome’ and Paul, in Galatians, said that they had ‘fallen from grace’. Jesus also said in Revelation 3; 5 “He that overcometh…I will not blot out his name out of the book of life”.

The test as to whether we are on the right track is whether we know His voice and, without question, know that we are led by His spirit. But let us not be deceived into thinking that we have arrived and our name cannot be blotted out of the book of life. To believe that is to eliminate the ‘fear of the Lord’ which is the beginning of spiritual wisdom.

If I walk in the pathway of duty,
If I work till the close of the day,
I shall see the great King in His beauty,
When I’ve gone the last mile of the way… (The Last Mile of the Way)