244. One and Done — or Not

“Am I correct in thinking,” Stan asked, “that you are not much of a college sports fan?”

“That’s right,” I replied.  “I just don’t have much interest in it.”

“Well,” Stan continued, “I am a fan, especially of college basketball.  And there is currently some controversy about the very good college basketball players only playing one year before they seek to play professionally.  It’s called ‘One and Done,’ meaning they play just one year and then they are done with college.”

“I don’t know anything about that,” I responded, “so I can’t really talk about that.”

“You don’t need to,” Stan said, “but there’s a point I want to make about how this relates to my relationship with God.”

Continuing, Stan said, “Christ’s finished work on the cross was a real ‘One and Done’ in the sense that He died once for all, including me.  By my accepting His finished work, it is a done deal that I am bound for glory when my time here is completed.”

“But,” Stan said, “my time on this side of eternity in pursuing an ever-deepening relationship with God is not ‘One and Done’ in the sense that I just have to make a one-time decision to draw near to God.”

“No,” Stan continued, “it requires my constantly choosing to be close and closer to God.  If I do not make that constant choice, the result is that I will wander and drift away from Him.”

“So what do you do about that?” I asked.

The Book of James gives two requirements,” Stan responded.  “It says I am to cleanse my hands of sin and purify my heart in righteousness.  Those things are an ongoing process, not a One and Done.”

“If I don’t do those two things continually, I am likely to start drifting and wandering away from God and from what He has for me to be and to do on this side of eternity.”

“Jesus was a One-and-Done; I am not.”

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For the death that He died, He died to sin, once for all.  Romans 6:10.

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.  Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.  James 4:8.

Prayer:  Thank you, Lord, that you sent your only Son to give His life for me so that I may live with you for eternity when my time here is done.  Thank you that His one-time death accomplished life eternally with you for all who accept that free gift.  As to the time I have remaining on this side of eternity, you know and I know how often I fail to do what you require for an ever-deepening relationship with you.  I fail to cleanse my hands of sin and I fail to purify my heart of unrighteousness.  Please, Lord, forgive me of all of that.  Please lead me, and help me to follow, in the continual process of cleansing and purifying so I will, indeed, be drawing ever closer to you with the knowledge that you are drawing ever closer to me.  Thank you I can and do bring all of these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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