Fear of loss is a huge motivator. The prospect of losing a prized possession or relationship has constrained many a person to change behaviors or habits.
Then again, some are so stubborn in their ways, so set in their mindset, that absolutely nothing will budge them. So were the Jews in Jesus’ day.
For this reason I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit” (Matthew 21:43 NET).
The reason was the rejection of Christ. The Jews ceased to be God’s people. Christ promised to establish his church (Matthew 16:18). The church (Greek, ekklesia) was an Old Testament term in the Septuagint (Greek translation from the Hebrew) describing God’s people assembled before his presence. Christ would create a new people.
The same risk of loss still stands for an individual or congregation, if the authority of Christ as Lord is rejected. The Ephesian church stood to lose its place as God’s people (Revelation 2:5). To remain a congregation that could wear Christ’s name, it needed to repent. “Do the deeds you did at the first.”
Sovereign God, may I walk always in the ways of your kingdom, following the path that the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ set down for us.
Keep this thought: To lose the kingdom, all is lost!/ Such loss beyond the counting of cost!