"See to it that no one comes short
of the grace of God..."
I never want to be called "Shortie" in my spiritual walk.
Picture a long, long race and coming up to the finish line
and stopping just inches away instead of crossing over it.
Yeah, that kind of coming short of the grace of God.
Maybe though, it is a little more everyday than that. Perhaps we come short in a conversation here, a tactless-graceless comment there. Is it a pleasure you refuse to give up even though the Spirit has been nudging you to do so, one that keeps you or your witness short of the grace God? (liberty or license?) Need I go on? No, I don't want to think too much about it myself. But then again, perhaps it's when God is ready to give you another helping of grace, but you refuse, "Nah, I've had enough, thank you very much." How many of contemporary Christians are coming up on the short end of the stick by limiting God's good gifts?
How many Christians are living a life of defeat instead of enjoying victory in Jesus. This old hymn has been on my mind all week, and then there it was Sunday--boom!--as our worship band of old rockers saved by grace along with a couple of straight-laced old time Christians led us. The mixture of rock and bluegrass is wonderful, and I do love guitars and harmonicas in church. (It's the only place I enjoy electric guitars, and boy do they give us both barrels!) Imagine if I was an old foggy who refused to enjoy the gifts of those who have switched sides in their allegiance to the King of Kings. So our congregation of those in their seventies and eighties, and even nineties, as well as the rest of us "youngsters" belted it out all together with smiles on our faces because we do not wish to come short of the glory of God.
Adam Clarke says concerning 'Looking diligently' is "Looking about, over, and upon; being constantly on your guard."
Andrew Murray says, "'Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any one of you an evil heart of unbelief' was the warning in chapter 3. And in chapter 4, 'Let us fear lest as one come short of the rest.' And in chapter 10, 'Let us consider one another, exhorting one another.' Here it is the same thought--'Look carefully'--the word really means taking oversight--'lest there be any man': each is not only to care for himself, but for his brother too; 'lest there be any man'--there must not, through our lack of faithfulness, be one--'that falls short of the grace of God.'...'Ye are fallen from grace' (Gal. 5:4)
"See to it" then, pilgrim. It's important. It could determine your destiny.