2 Peter 2:21
It would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than, having known it, to turn away from the holy commandment which had been given to them.
Pete’s got an abundance of nasty things to say about false teachers in this chapter.
At the end of chapter two here, he writes about how terrible it is to become entangled again in the polluted lifestyle you fled from when you turned to the light of Christ.
We all need to be on guard from being enticed away from our First Love (1 John 4:19).
One way is to make sure your relationship with Christ is growing. Like all relationships with people, it must develop and mature if it is to last. Otherwise, it will likely become stale at some point, not as exciting, and we’ll be more easily pulled away by the cares and temptations of the world. Other things will look more invigorating. Even though they can’t come close to a relationship with the One who made you.
Here’s some words that inspired me this morning from Michael Casey:
Our attitude to the humanity of Jesus has to move away from sentimental images that appeal to us at an emotional level to a zone that is deeper, more spiritual, and, ultimately, more energizing. This is to say our attention drifts from the earthly career of Jesus as recounted in the Gospels to his risen life, present in our midst.
Christ is now more present to us in mystery than he ever was in history.