It is never a good thing to witness a person who has fallen away from the faith. Their usually are warning signs but they are usually not so blatant as to be called warning signs, since we are only casual observers of ourselves and cannot see inside one another’s heart. The point that we consider someone is in need of help is too late because they have been consumed by the “pleasure of sin” they have fallen into, the process is slow and starts inside the heart. The phrase pleasures of sin may sound harsh, as if the person is involved with “extreme” sins, but society has placed a filter on sin to make it look good; divorce, drunkenness, parties, lying, spreading rumors, and an overall attitude that does not give thanks to God. They are pleasures because they are easy to do and even feel good, for the person who has fallen into them.
Consider the end of the parable of the sower:
Luke 8:15-18 - As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience. "No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light. For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light. Take care then how you hear, for to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he thinks that he has will be taken away."
It takes patience to keep an honest and good heart, especially when we are facing the thorns (cares, riches, pleasures of life) that cloud our mind, and it takes patience for others to see our light. Remember that, how we exercise our faith is in the way we react to certain things that happen to us in life and not necessarily how many good things we have done.
The phrase “even what he thinks he has will be taken away,” should be disturbing to everyone. Are we fooling ourselves when we fall away? Do we have the knowledge but not the actions to support the knowledge?
Consider how temptation controls us:
to be continued ...