One of the things that worries me greatly today is the simple fact that so many people who are living a life in total opposition to Christ and His teachings, still claim to be “saved” or “born again.” It’s epidemic. I never cease to be amazed at the audacity so many have to live a lifestyle that includes foul language, drinking, partying, lying and selfishness; yet when asked if they are a Christian, they wholeheartedly say, “Yes.” Why? Because they prayed a prayer.
You say, “Wait a minute! You have to pray a prayer to be saved!” Yes, that’s correct. But for so many, that’s all they’ve ever done. They just said some words. Yet, their life gives no indication or evidence (Jesus calls it fruit) that they are indeed a true follower of Christ. All they are is a “believer.” Just a believer. Yet, even Satan and his demons fear and tremble at the name of Jesus.
Do you know what I’ve discovered? Most people just want Jesus as “Hell Insurance.” They just want Him to keep them out of Hell. But, they have no desire to make Him the Lord (boss) of their life. The problem with this is quite simply that Jesus is not in the insurance business. He’s in the heart occupying business. I’ll say that again… Jesus is in the “heart-changing” and “heart-occupying” business. He wants the heart.
Do you know why? Because when He gets your heart…He gets your life…and when He gets your life…then, you will call Him “Lord.” Is He your Lord? If He’s not your Lord…then I can tell you on the grounds of Scripture…He’s not your Savior. You can’t have Him as Savior, if you’ve not made Him Lord. Have you ever made Jesus the Boss of your life? If you have, then He’s Savior. We need to understand that if He’s not Lord…He isn’t Savior. Let me be very clear, in order for Jesus to be Savior…you must make Him Lord.
For some, I know when you read the last few sentences you may say, “Well, that seems a little harsh to me.” Oh really? Was Jesus to die on the cross for our sins so we cold say that He’s our Savior and still live any way we choose? That would be like crucifying Him all over again. It’s to mock His name to take His name as Savior only and then live like there is no God at all.
Now how many of you reading this blog post know of people like this? They claim to be a “Christian,” yet their lives prove and show absolutely otherwise. Take a look at the words of the Apostle John in his first letter. As you do, be reminded that John was so committed to Christ that he risked his life and came to the cross where Jesus was crucified. (Talk about making Him Lord! Amazing!)
1 John 1:3-7
3We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 4We write this to make our joy complete. 5This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. 7But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. 1 John 1:3-7
What did John tell us? He said if you claim to be a follower of Jesus and yet you are walking in darkness, you are a liar. Read it again if you don’t believe me. That’s what verse six says. John is even more bold in chapter 2…
1 John 2:4-6
4The man who says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: 6Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did. 1 John 2:4-6
Are you walking as Jesus walked? Are you obeying His Word? Are you saying you know HIm, but you are not living for Him? If this is you…then, you need to really take an honest appraisal of your life. Do you sincerely have Christ as your Lord? Please know, as you are thinking about this, that whatever you can’t get enough of is your god. What is it that you can’t get enough? That will give you your answer. Now does this mean that you want sin as a Christian and there won’t be days that Christ is not first in our lives? Of course not. We all sin and make mistakes and sin and yes, don’t alway put Jesus first. But here’s the truth. You should not stay in sin. I’m not a believer in being a “backslider” for months on end. Yes, I said months…not years.
Look again at John’s words…
I John 2:18-19
18Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. 19They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us. 1 John 2:18-19
If you aren’t living for Christ, and you have walked away or “not remained,” or you know someone like this; then it’s possible you never belonged to Jesus in the first place. Is that you? Is there fruit or evidence in your life that you know Him?
Jesus said that on the Day of Judgment there will be many that claim to know Him. Look at His words from the Apostle Matthew:
18A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. 21“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ 23Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ Matthew 718-23
My prayer is that those of you who are reading this will make your “election and calling” sure. Simply email me if you aren’t sure or would like to discuss it. I’ll be glad to help. My email is: email@example.com