Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked so hard to achieve. Be diligent so that you receive your full reward. 2 John 1:8 Deception has been an issue in every church age. At the heart of one deception was the denial that Jesus came in an actual physical body (2 John 1:7); this was, ultimately, a rejection of Christ. Jesus is always the sticking point with those who come in the spirit of the antichrist. In this epistle, the apostle John warned the church to be on guard—to be diligent against such people. Otherwise, the Christian is in danger of losing his heavenly reward. John went on to say that anyone who wanders from this teaching has no relationships with God (v.9). With such consequences, it’s no wonder that he called the church to be so diligent. If you know your car might veer off the road and cause you to plummet off a mountainside at any moment, leading to your certain death, you’d be on heightened alert. Your radio would be off. Your hands would have a firm grip on the steering wheel. And your eyes would be giving the road their full attention. Spiritual diligence works in a similar fashion It includes keeping an eye out for deceivers, praying for discernment, and staying close to the Body of Christ so you can experience the process of iron sharpening iron (Proverbs 27:17).