"They . . . are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection." (Luke 8:14)
I believe we are mistaken in Christian life and theology when we try to add the “deeper life” to an imperfect salvation obtained through an imperfect concept of the entire matter.
Under the working of the Spirit of God through men like Finney and Wesley, no one would ever have dared to say, “I am a Christian” if he had not surrendered his whole being, taking Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior!
Today, we let them say they are saved no matter how imperfect and incomplete the transaction, with the proviso that the deeper Christian life can be “tacked on” at some time in the future.
Brethren, I believe we must put the blame on faulty teaching—teaching that is filled with self-deception.
Let us look unto Jesus our Lord—high and holy, wearing the crown, Lord of lords and King of all, having a perfect right to command full obedience from all of His saved people!
O Lord, it is a real challenge in today’s world to filter out all the worldly “stuff” from our lives. Lord, help me to surrender the things in my life that are hindering the production of fruit for You.