I’ve been thinking about this lately because I see in my own life a tendency to coast—to coast in my relationships, to coast in my pursuit of godliness, to coast in my pursuit of God himself. And here are some things I’ve observed:
I do not coast toward godliness, but selfishness.
I do not coast toward self-control, but rashness.
I do not coast toward a love for others, but agitation.
I do not coast toward patience, but irritability.
I do not coast toward purity, but lust.
I do not coast toward self-denial, but self-obsession.
I do not coast toward the gospel, but self-sufficiency.
In short, I do not coast toward Christ, but toward self. When I stop caring, when I stop expending effort, when I allow myself to coast, I inevitably coast away from God and godliness. And this is exactly why I am so deeply dependent upon those ordinary means of grace, those oh-so-ordinary ways of growing in godliness—Scripture and prayer, preaching and fellowship, worship and sacrament. The moment those sweet means no longer appeal is the moment I begin to slow.
Tim Challies July 02, 2014 see more at challies.com