Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Proof

If you couldn't tell people you are a Christian, how would people know?  What are the non-verbal ways you show you are a Christ follower?  As I have continued through my study of the promise of entering God's rest, I have spent some time looking at the expectations God has for us.  When we call ourselves Christian, we are saying we are following Christ.  That means that we need to live according to the example Jesus gave us when He lived on this earth.  So, my question is: Since we call ourselves Christian, are we living in a way that shows we are following Christ without having to verbalize it?  If people look at the way we are treating others and how we are living out our lives, will they be pointed to Christ?  It is really easy for me to type out those questions and be convicted of the things I am ashamed of doing or saying.  However, instead of looking at our failures and being stuck there, let's consider the redemption we experience and look at what we can do to bring God glory.  One more time I am going to ask you to click the link and read through 2 Peter 1:3-11.

I want to remind you of 2 Peter 1:3-4 (NIV):
"His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. Through these He has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires."
 I feel these verses are very important because they remind us that we are given the ability to live out a godly life through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit.  We are not doing this alone or by our own strength; God gives exactly what we need right when we need it to obey Him.  We have great and precious promises to share in His divine nature!  That is incredible.  Since we have these promises and we know that we have what we need to add to our faith all the wonderful qualities listed in these verses, let's look at 2 Peter 1:10-11 (NLT):
So, dear brothers and sisters, work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Do these things, and you will never fall away. Then God will give you a grand entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
We are told to work hard or "make every effort" (NIV) to show that we really are part of God's family.  I look at that statement as what we need to be asking ourselves - Am I living in a way that shows that I am a Christ follower?  Without going into this too much, we are told that we are not saved by what we do; we are saved by faith.  However, we can also see that our faith should be the motivator for what we do.  What we do is the evidence of what we believe.  When we are working hard to obey God because of His extravagant love for us, we are providing proof of our faith.  I want to be clear: without faith we will never be able to consistently add these qualities.  Faith is what gives us what we need to add these qualities.  And the promise we have is so great!  We will receive a grand entrance into Jesus's Kingdom!  The prize at the end is worth it.

Are you living in a way that proves you have faith in Christ?

This post is linked with Soli Deo Gloria.

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