Hook, line and sinker . . .
On the other hand, perhaps it would be better to call it hook, line and stinker, the name of a Looney Tunes cartoon. Upon further consideration of the subject at hand, I believe the latter would indeed be an appropriate title.
The phrase hook, line and sinker, is an idiomatic expression to describe a situation where a person or group accept wholesale and uncritically an idea or set of beliefs.
Strive, strive, strive …
Most of our lives we are encouraged to strive. We strive for good grades in school, in sports competition and in many other areas to achieve a goal. Striving is required in most worthwhile pursuits.
God’s Word exhorts us to strive also.
For he who has once entered [God’s] rest also has ceased from [the weariness and pain] of human labors, just as God rested from those labors peculiarly His own.
Let us therefore be zealous and exert ourselves and strive diligently to enter that rest [of God, to know and experience it for ourselves], that no one may fall or perish by the same kind of unbelief and disobedience [into which those in the wilderness fell].i
This striving is different from that which we do in the flesh. This striving requires us to cease from our own works and bow in deep humility and helplessness recognizing there is no good in us.
We must trust Jesus as our Joshua. He is the one who will bring us into the Promised Land. Israel had simply to trust, obey, and follow Joshua. So too must we trust the Lord Jesus Christ.
Hook, line and stinker
This is the name of a Looney Tunes cartoon. If we accept things hook, line and sinker when it comes to our beliefs, we may end up feeling like we are in an episode of the Looney Tunes.
If we try to bring self-effort and faith in our own ability into the Christian life we will fail. Our soul will remain on the throne and true victory will be unattainable.
Many teachings abound that promote faith plus self-effort. Teaching that confuses the exhortations of the Bible to be instructions to strive to attain holiness.
God has accomplished for us all that we need in Christ. His Word is living and active. As we believe and submit to His Word, acting upon it, it will manifest its living, quickening power in us.
What God requires He will perform, as we look to Him with faith and an obedient heart.
God has provided a rest. It is a rest in which you can live free from care and anxiety, free from weariness and wandering. It is a rest that trusts God for all.
To enter in we must believe and cease from our own works. Be willing to end all self-working. Cease from self. We must hate our own life and give up self into the death of Christ; with Him you are buried, in Him you live. Cast the anchor of faith on these facts and your experience will follow.
This is truth that can safely be accepted
hook, line and sinker!
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[i] Heb 4:10-11