When we commit ourselves to Christ, we are quite literally, "altaring" our lives: placing them on the altar at God's disposal. We must needs also to alter ourselves constantly by disposing of vice and seeking virtue in its place. Nature does not tolerate a vacuum and neither does sin. It will creep in where there is no virtue.
Let us persevere in virtue in the face of afflictions; endure to the end to win the Crown promised us by our Savior for:
Remember the days past when, after you had been enlightened, 16 you endured a great contest of suffering.
At times you were publicly exposed to abuse and affliction; at other times you associated yourselves with those so treated.
You even joined in the sufferings of those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, knowing that you had a better and lasting possession.
Therefore, do not throw away your confidence; it will have great recompense.
You need endurance to do the will of God and receive what he has promised.
"For, after just a brief moment, he who is to come shall come; he shall not delay.
But my just one shall live by faith, and if he draws back I take no pleasure in him."
We are not among those who draw back and perish, but among those who have faith and will possess life.
That's me away.