Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. against such things there is no law.”
The Bible indicates that the Christian life is about finding Christ, coming to Him through faith and accepting His grace and mercy, and submitting to His will to follow Him. Ephesians 2:8-9 “You have been saved by grace through faith not of works, it is a gift from God”. God also wants us to be obedient to Him out of gratitude for His Gift. “Faith without works is dead” James 2:14-26. Obedience to God as we are able will allow us to receive the Fullness of His blessings.
I knew of a man who claimed to be a golfer, played twice 10 years ago, once did well the other time not so good, but the point is He played twice.
Interesting that he says he is a golfer. He didn’t say he played the game a few times and once liked it, he claims he is a golfer. Even though it’s been 10 years since he played he still says he’s a golfer.
Lets face it, he is not a golfer, it’s not likely at the very least. Unless there are major reasons he can’t any longer play. Just because we say it or even believe it doesn’t make it so. The golfers I know say if he was, he would play and be part of the game more than a few times many years ago. If he couldn’t play he would at least follow the game.
I know a man who played football once and he claims to be a football player. I know a lady who claims to be the best modern cook ever and has not ever cooked at all. How could one make a claim to cook if they never have ever.
Now to be fair, I know a man who was a Marine 5 years ago and still says he is a Marine. You’ve heard it said “once a Marine always a Marine”. However, the Marine who said this, does have a heart for the Marines and certainly with his commitment, extensive training, and prior service, and willingness to presently serve, he has earned that right to carry that name. I could make a good argument He is a Marine and rightfully so.
Although those are interesting analogies, I think we all would agree that generally someone who claims to be something has a heart and practice of being who they say and having actions that generally confirms they are who they claim, for sure on the inside of their heart.
The same holds true as a Christian. There should be evidence in our lives that we are seeking to do right. We all make mistakes and go through seasons of change, good and bad, and make mistakes, i.e. sin, etc. and are human. We also should most definitely be concerned if we find ourselves living in a pattern of sins or habitual sinning. We also should be concerned if we are not praying much, caring much, and not worshipping God. There are many ways to worship God but keep in mind, He has put the Churchhouse there for a reason, to come and worship Him, as one of those ways, a major way. The Bible says “Do not forsake the assembling of yourselves together” Hebrews 10:25. We know not everyone is in a position to come to Church, God understands that. Let me encourage you, if you can’t, take some time to pray and read your Bible or devotional when you can. If you can come to Church then do it, it is pleasing to our Lord. He is there, we should be too.
Christians are not perfect but certainly should try and do what our Lord Jesus would have us to do. If we are Christians and elect not to try and live right nor care if we do or not, and especially if our spirit and conscience does not convict us, then we should sincerely ask ourselves Which category are we in? Lost or Saved, or Saved and not doing what we know our Lord wants us to be and missing out on many of His wonderful blessings; or are we fine if legitimate circumstances prevent us from doing what God asks. My fear for people is there are some who may not be saved but believe they are, all of us should search our souls sometimes to be sure we are who we believe we are.
There is one thing certain. When we are saved the Holy Spirit indwells us, and with our cooperation will yield fruit of the Spirit, that is we will love God and people, and the Bible says if we love God we strive to keep His commandments.
If any Christian has stopped seeking to do what our Lord wants, and has stopped worshipping and following Him, then it’s time to come Home to Christ, repent and turn to Him and ask Him to help rekindle your love for Him. We all cannot do everything all the time, but we can certainly seek to sincerely do what we can. If a person who is a Christian has stopped praying and worshipping God when they can, it’s time to come Home and receive the fullness of God’s blessings: put yourself in a position to be blessed.
You cannot earn your salvation, it’s by grace, but it’s also true that the same grace that saves us changes us and that the Holy Spirit yields fruit through us. If we want to claim to be a golfer then we need to play golf, if we want to claim and be a Christian then we need to follow Christ and when we fail, and we will, then ask for forgiveness and follow Christ. His Grace and Mercy is marvelous, why would we not want to Live for Him and Worship Him in ways that we can and follow Him as we are able.
Not everyone is a position to do the same things, for example health conditions and certain issues that creep in with growing older, and other demands beyond our control, may keep us from going to Church as often as we would like, God understands that and will speak to us in different ways. However, when we are in a position to do things for Christ whatever they may be, then we should. We should pray that God blesses all of us and that we bless one another, and I know He will.
Whatever we may do let’s do it all for the Lord. Let’s make our calling true and pleasing to Jesus Christ.
The Bible says if we believe in Jesus Christ with all our heart and that God raised Him from the dead we are saved. It also says that a love for Christ for those who believe will be followed by a heart committed to Him in following Him. Let’s all be grateful for all He has done and offer Him a life of worship. Life is short at best, let us not meet Jesus face to face one day empty handed but let us meet Him face to face with a life of Gratitude and Thankfulness and a Life that followed Him and sought to do as He asked us to do.