Friday, April 12, 2013

"Your Life Will Show It"

"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." 2 Corinthians 5:17
We used to sing a song in church when I was growing up and it went like this, "If you're saved and you know it say, Amen. If you're saved and you know it then your life will surely show it. If you're saved and you know it say, Amen."
"If you're saved and you know it then your life will surely show it." Christianity is more than a profession, it is a lifestyle. Actually, it is the person of Jesus living His life through you. There are many who profess to be a Christian but their lifestyle does not back it up. 
You can't live a sinful life and be a Christian. The word Christian means "to be Christ-like"-- Christ-like in action, deeds, word, conduct, attitude and so on. You can't be Christ-like and act like the devil. If you are then the truth is not in you.
If you are saved, if Jesus is living in you, it will surely been seen- there will be no doubt. You have people who call themselves Christians but they are not doing what Jesus would do, they are doing the opposite. They are getting drunk, cheating, lying, committing adultery, cursing, following unrestrained pleasure, they are rude, mean and hot tempered. Would you find Jesus living like this? No. Then why, or how can you if you are what you say you are? You may do some religious deeds- go to church, give offerings, sing in the choir, give to charity, but religious deeds don't make you a Christian. (May I remind you that it was the "religious leaders" who cried out to Pilate for the death of Jesus.) 
We have been deceived and we are being destroyed because we have believed the lie that says all you have to do is join the church, get baptized, do some other religious deeds, believe that Jesus is real and try to be good and that makes us saved. That does not make us saved, or a Christian, any more than standing in a garage makes us an automobile. We are saved by grace through faith, it is a gift of God and not by works. We are saved by faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. We are saved by repenting of our sins and turning from our wicked ways. If there is no turning from sin, then there is no salvation. If there is no salvation there is no relationship with Him. If there is no relationship with Him then there is no evidence that we are a Christian. Talk is cheap, anyone can say anything, but only the person who is the "real thing" can produce the real evidence in their lives. What you really are is what will be evident in your speech and your lifestyle.
Have a great day. If you're saved and you know it then your life will surely show it-- does it show it?
For further reading:
Isaiah 29:13
Ephesians 2:8,9
John 13:35
Luke 6:46
1 John 3:9
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