“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.
Matthew 7:21 NASB
“You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” James 4:4 NASB
But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.
James 1:22 NASB
Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you-unless indeed you fail the test?
2 Corinthians 13:5 NASB
Being a Christian can often be a popular thing but regardless of the lable and popularity if we truly believe in The Way, The Truth and The Life (The Lordship of JESUS CHRIST) we will stand and live for Him and like Him no matter how popular it may be.
As I read: “The Way Back – Get Your Christian Life Back On Track” (http://bible.com/r/2rW)
I noted this: Two thousand years ago, in a backwater Roman province, a ragtag group of powerless and poorly educated fishermen committed themselves to a movement they called “The Way.” When they began, they didn’t have a game plan. In fact, they were pretty lost. In the aftermath of what had to have been one of the most remarkable moments on Earth – Jesus ascending into Heaven 40 days after His resurrection – the dumbfounded disciples actually had to be told by two angels to brush the confetti of their shoulders, quit standing around on this dusty hill and get to work.
And get to work they did!
Within short order their movement which, at the time, was seen as a dangerous cult and persecuted, began to grow and thrive. Within a remarkably short time, it grew to become the world’s most influential religious faith—a force for centuries in culture, politics, education, literature, science, philanthropy and the arts. Against impossible odds, a bunch of nobodies astonished the world!
But that was then. This is now.
The dovotional above goes on the give statistics on how Christianity is not practiced with the same convictions as the early church.
The stats they give have to do mostly with attendance more than anything else but for me, what I see in our day and age are religious groups who go to great lengths to condemn and make judgments on anyone that is not “like them” and point out God’s judgments more than His love.
I believe others will know we are true Christians (Christ-like) by our love and by what we stand for not what we stand against.
Song: “Jesus Friend of Sinners” by Casting Crowns:
I don’t want to be a casual Christian, I want to stand out for Christ and show the world Christ’s loves them.
God’s word reminds us we should love our enemies. Love them!
He doesn’t love the ways of this world and all the lust (strong desires) for the temporary things mankind and this world offers. Jesus was in the world but didn’t partake in sinful ways (practice things that make us slaves of our flesh).
He loves & gives so much more.
I will let His Holy Spirit comfort and convict me and do the same to those around me & those I come into contact with, not trying to take into my own hands His job of trying to convict others.
Back to reading plan: “The Way Back – Get Your Christian Life Back On Track.” …
Do modern Christians remind you of Peter and Martha and John and Stephen and Paul and Phoebe (as recorded in The Bible)?
Does your own faith remind you of them?
So what do we do?
We do something about it! Let’s find the way back to the same radically trusting faith that the Early Church had! It’s out there waiting for us. Are you ready?
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, when I compare my faith life to the faith life of your earliest followers, there is wide gulf – and I’m not ok with it anymore. I need guidance and I need courage to take the path that you walked, and that they walked. My head and heart are ready for the journey, now please help me move my feet. Amen.
For the @YouVersion Plan “The Way Back – Get Your Christian Life Back On Track.” Go to:
Want to read and highlight the verses at the start of this post in Your own personal Bible?
Here are those Bible verses again:
2 Corinthians 13:5
I’ve been encouraged to look at them with 20/20 vision (look at the context in which it is written. A good start is reading 20 verses (or more) before and 20 verse (or more) after it.
For more on testing one’s faith go to my son’s blog posts: Faith Check where my son wrote about his personal test and trials before he died.