An athlete competes in a game to win. He stretches himself – sometimes beyond measure, to aim at the prize. When he wins, he wins alone. He may have a manager, but he wins alone. He may have advisers and assistants, but he wins alone. He may declare that his victory is for every member of his staff because they contributed immensely to it, but in the final analysis, he wins alone.
The Kingdom of God runs a similar system. When it comes to salvation, you are all alone. You make your decision about following Christ or not. You decide to follow through with your walk with God or choose the path of least resistance – the broad way. Pastors, teachers, evangelists, counselors, exhorters, and so on may help. Spiritual fathers or mothers may help. Prophets and Apostles may contribute to your winning too. However, in the long run, it is just you – and only you, that will either make it to glory or get damned forever. It is an individual race. Don’t make it look as if it is a congressional game!
Should I watch this programme? Should I pay my tithes? Should I give offerings in Church? Should I dress this way? Should I pray this way? Should I live this way? Should I eat or drink this thing? Should I think or act this way? Should I speak this way? My pastor said ….; my man of God said …; my G O. said …; the social media influencer or opinionist said …! All those are ephemeral considerations when it comes to the salvation of your soul. You will be held accountable – alone, for your soul. So why all this much ado about the opinion and views of other people?! Why not study the Bible for yourself and follow it? You don’t believe in God or the Bible? That is your business.
In the language of the day, you are ‘On Your Own’. You will die alone – without your pastor or social media enthusiasts. You will face God’s judgement alone. You will go to where your work dictates alone.
‘He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.’ (Revelation 22:11-12 KJV)