"By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." John 13:35
If you say you are a Christian, how much evidence is there in your life to back it up? It is one thing to say you are something and it is another thing to actually be what you say you are. My little granddaughter comes to me from time to time with her hands in the air saying, "I am a bear.. growl!". Yesterday, she was on her hands and knees on the floor saying she was a horse. Of course, she is not a bear, she is not a horse, or anything else she pretends to be. Just because she says she is something doesn't make it so.
Just because we say we are Christians doesn't make it so either. There has to be some evidence in our lives to back it up. And sometimes the things that we think are "evidence" are not. My granddaughter thinks that just because she growls like a bear, shows me her teeth and makes a fierce face, I will believe that she is one. Some people think that just because they do some "Christian things" that this is enough evidence to prove that they are a Christian.
The true evidence is internal evidence, not external. It is who you are on the inside, not just what you do on the outside. You may do some good deeds that look like what a Christian does, but that doesn't mean that you actually are one. Just because my granddaughter imitates a bear doesn't make her one- that is not enough evidence to prove she is one.
The real evidence comes from within- out of the heart. It is not something you can imitate, it is something that is either there or it isn't, and it is something that only God's Holy Spirit can put in and produce in you. Is the evidence that you are a Christian just your words professing that you are one, or is the evidence a Christ-like heart being manifested in your life.
Have a great day. What is the evidence in your life that gives proof to your profession that you are a Christian?
For further reading:
Matthew 7:20; 15:19
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