From the article: How much is heaven worth to you?
Faith is not
a philosophy you spout about,
an allegiance you live about
with all your heart.
– Based on Luke 10:27
The truth is, what you say is absolutely worthless – without all of you behind it in action. I think what God is saying here is: It’s all or nothing.
A worthless life arrives in Hell –
Life is full and fast and brief
I’ll not throw it all away – for what?
all my heart to Christ,
all my soul to Christ,
all my mind to Christ,
all my strength to Christ
all my willful, willful self,
all I am, all I want — all for Christ alone.
I’ll step on in to Heaven, complete in Him alone.
Salvation is not based on all I do and all I am.
It’s based on His free gift of grace.
But He requires my all.
If I’m not all “in” for Him, my faith is dead (James 2:20) and I’m not His and His alone, and I’m not bound for Heaven. But I could reject His calling me, all my life, and lay upon my deathbed, and finally truly bow my will to Him, and He’d forgive me and receive me into Paradise – just as He did the lucky thief hanging next to Christ at Calvary.
But what if tomorrow never comes for you?
And he replied, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.”– Luke 10:27