If you are a believer you can rest in the fact that you have everlasting life. This is a life given to you at the moment you believe in Jesus Christ for your salvation. Yet, we see many different commands throughout Scripture telling us to grow in the faith, go onto maturity, to follow, to die to self, to be a living sacrifice, and many more.
These commands are stated so we will grow and become strong faithful followers of Christ who will not shrink back in shame at His coming (1 John 2:28). When we do we will be reigning with Him (2 Tim. 2:12). Living a life that is sold out to Christ is how we earn rewards and earn the right to reign and rule with Him in the future kingdom. Therefore, the Christian life is a life that ought to be committed to Jesus Christ.
It is a life that is transformed by Him and since it is it is a life that should be conformed to Him. One lives in a manner that is worthy of Christ because of Christ. He has given the believer new life, everlasting life, upon salvation. He has sent the Holy Spirit to dwell in the believer. He has given the Christian the holy Scriptures to follow. But Not only has He given the Scriptures, His Holy Word, but He has given Himself as the model to follow. Not only this either, but He has given us other men to imitate so we can imitate Him (e.g. 1 Cor. 4:15-16; 11:1; Phil. 3:17; 2 Thess. 3:7). It is by seeking to imitate Christ through these teachings that one will live out the transformed Christian life, as well as a life committed to Christ.
Jesus not only gave His life as an example, and more importantly the sacrifice for the sins of all so we could be saved, but He also experienced all we will ever experience. He then ascended to the Father and is sitting there as our mediator and intercessor (1 Tim. 2:5; Heb. 4:14-16).
We see in Scripture that by becoming man Christ experienced what it was like being a man. He felt the pain in life, the temptations, the hardships in living, hunger, weariness, and other aspects of life as all humans do in this sin-filled fallen world. Christ did this for all humanity. He gave up His rightful glory and came and dwelt amongst man as Immanuel, which means God [is] with us. Knowing that Jesus came and suffered and learned amongst man allows one to know that they have a great high priest that can sympathize with them in every way (Heb. 4:15).
Not only this but He is our perfect mediator before God. He took on flesh but remained fully God. He was truly God and truly man. As such, He is our perfect mediator before God. The man Christ Jesus mediates before God for all believers (1 Tim. 2:5). What an amazing message of hope and victory we have in Jesus Christ.
It is because of this why we can grow in faith. Why we can grow to maturity. Jesus is for us. As the Apostle Paul wrote, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Rom. 8:31). What an amazing question. The answer is, of course, nothing or no one. By Jesus’ mediation for us, and His gifting the Holy Spirit to all who have believed, and by the intercessory work of the Spirit in us, we can grow and go onto maturity (Rom. 8:26).
John wrote that the anointing we have received from Him, the Spirit, teaches us all things (1 John 2:27). This is true but this is accomplished through the lives of the apostles who wrote the New Testament. The Saints who wrote the Old Testament. Each of these authors was guided by the Spirit to lay out the truth we have today in our Bibles. The Spirit also guided them in their lives to give us guidance in how to live by what to do and what not to do. We have great guidance in the Word of God. It can teach us a tremendous amount about how to live if we will let the Spirit properly guide us.
Even though we have all this, the Lord has blessed us with other good Christian men and women through the centuries who can aid us in our growth. We can learn much from those who have been before us. This is true for sure, but we also have people right now who can aid us in our growth. We are not meant to go alone. No, we must be discipling others or be discipled so we can grow. This does not mean that you cannot understand Scripture alone. It simply means we learn much from each other, even if it is how not to do something.
So today I encourage you to rest in the fact that if you have believed, you have everlasting life that cannot be lost. But to get the most out of that life, we need to grow and mature. You have all the tools to do so in the Word of God, believers throughout the centuries, fellow believers today, the Holy Spirit, and our High Priest who is interceding now for us. With all that in our hands, we have no excuse not to grow and mature.