Does anybody know that you are a Christian? Pause…. Take a minute and think about this. Outside of your church and household, does anyone know whether or not you follow Jesus Christ? Do you laugh at the lustful or perverted joke, or are you willing to walk away or end the conversation. Can someone come to you with a problem and you pray for them rather than look down on them? Do you dress, talk or look exactly like the world, or are you brave enough to try and be different?
You see, many of us believe in God but sometimes we fail to take our faith and put it to action. God’s Word said that “faith without works is dead” (James 2:20). Being a Christian is much more than attending church, getting baptized, speaking in tongues, modest clothing, giving tithes or offering, or even helping the less fortunate. Did you notice something in common about all of those examples? Those are all outward expressions, but they have nothing to do with the heart. I mean many do it because their heart is overwhelmed by God’s goodness, but anyone could do those things to look the part. You see, even though all of these are great, if your heart isn’t in it, then it is pointless. I think we all need a heart check. We have to pray and ask God to help us to take off the masks we wear. You know, one for church, one for school/work and another at home? God can never heal someone that doesn’t show their wound. I say that because many of us do those things but yet we still struggle with envy, pride, lust, bitterness, and many other things that are not visible. So we look saved, but yet our hearts are not that genuine. Church attendance means nothing, we have to start applying and allowing God to change us from the inside out.
But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart. (1 Samuel 16:7)
Many times people do everything in their power to appear saved, but have not really changed in their hearts. Meaning they will reluctantly follow rules, but their hearts are not surrendered. We may attend church and “look” the part, but inside we are still broken, lost, and not sure how to be healed. God is ready to mend anyone that will be willing to just open up to Him. We will all struggle, even me as I write this, but God is bigger than your struggle. If God can rise from the dead, you have the power inside of you to rise up out of whatever is holding you down.
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)
God is not seeking “part-time employees”. It’s time for us to surrender our lives over to Him. By life, I don’t mean pray and study more, because many times we take that for a ritual. We should know that the very privilege to know the One true living God is a blessing. God wants our desires, not our deeds. Once we fall back in love with God, spending time with Him will be extremely easy. I spend time with what and who I love, even when I find myself busy. Let’s find ourselves back to the heart of worship, when it’s all about Jesus. God bless, you.
“Buying soap doesn’t make you clean, using it does. Owning a bible doesn’t make you saved, applying it does.” – Tovares Grey