Nothing grieves my heart as much as someone apparently having a genuine salvation experience with Jesus becoming their savior and Lord, and then falling away from that faith.
Hebrews 6:1-6 Therefore leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to maturity, …and this we will do, if God permits. For in the case of those who have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance, since they again crucify to themselves the Son of God and put Him to open shame.
The reason I believe for so many believers turning their back on their faith is that they don’t love Jesus. 1 Corinthians 16:22 says “If anyone does not love the Lord, he is to be accursed.” The reason people don’t love Jesus is because they have used up their love on stuff, material things, and money.
1 John 2:15 Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
James 4:4 You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
The only way to keep our love for Jesus strong, very strong, and growing stronger every day, is to be a faithful and sacrificial giver of our money to our own church. Giving is God’s solution to the awful disease of worldliness which destroys our faith in Jesus and our love for Him. He has made it easy for us to give sacrificially and generously by making major promises to us if we give to His work.
Proverbs 3:9-10 Honor the Lord from your wealth and from the first of all your produce; so your barns will be filled with plenty and your vats will overflow with new wine. The key question now is, do we really believe that the Lord will do what He has promised or do I just take care of myself.