But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul (Heb.10.39).
The most common motivational word in the military we grew up hearing is “no retreat, no surrender.” It is a statement of determination to fight to finish. Same is the race of faith. It is a fight. It is a war. After Paul’s exploits, he said, “I have fought the good fight of Faith.” However, in the above passage, the writer of Hebrew declared that we take exception to drawing back. In other words, we refuse to backslide.
There are many reasons for which one can go back. There could be discouragement, persecutions, lack, despondency and all manner of trials but there could also be a determination to keep trudging on. By choice, we can refuse to draw back unto perdition. It also means that drawing back offers no guarantee of making it but only destruction is behind. How does it feel like to return to one’s vomit? Appalling, I guess. We must be determined to keep moving because victory is right ahead.
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Rom.8.38-39).
Paul mentioned things that could draw us back from the race of our faith but settled it that none of them would succeed if we choose to keep moving. Nobody just backslide arbitrarily. It takes a decision to go back on what you have believed. You can decide otherwise. Keep your focus on Jesus. Stay strong and finish well in Jesus name. Amen.
© Olusola John.