It is important that one takes personal responsibility for their relationship with Jesus. We must seal our mind with the simple thought that when I pass away or Christ returns & I don’t see a natural death, will I be ready for judgment? It would seem that too much pressure has been placed upon the leaders of the church without a true push back on the responsibility that each individual has with their walk with God. God destroyed the masses that fled from Egypt with Moses because they did not take their relationship with God personally.
Christianity is not a team sport. It is an individual race that only rewards the one who runs it well. Each individual will stand before God and give an account of their actions while upon God’s earth. He will judge your level of work and reward you accordingly. While salvation is through Christ alone, the blood is not applied to those who continually practice sins that God hates. The way that leads to life is narrow for a reason.
Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you–unless, of course, you fail the test (2 Corinthians 13:5)? Its really important that you take the time to do this. You test yourself by your desire to spend time with God. The Bible says, For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous (1 John 5:3). When you love God there will be a thirst for him. Sin in your body will be an annoyance. You will hate the evil flesh that wars against the Holy Spirit within you. You will be at war within yourself. If there is no war, then you are not saved. The flesh will never natural crave the things of God, it will always crave evil. It will always crave things that lead to early deaths. If you are not fighting in your walk with Jesus, then it means you are a walking dead person. You can never be so powerful and spiritual in this flesh, that no temptation grips you. Because Jesus himself was tempted.
Do you have that daily fight? If the answer is yes, then you are in the right spot, keep fighting the good fight of faith and lay hold of God through His Son Jesus Christ our Savior.