Playing Church……. Part II
“I tell you, No; but unless you repent (change your mind for the better and heartily amend your ways, with abhorrence of your past sins), you will all likewise perish and be lost eternally.” Luke 13:5 AMP
“Dear friends, if we deliberately continue sinning after we have received knowledge of the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice that will cover these sins. There is only the terrible expectation of God’s judgment and the raging fire that will consume his enemies.” Hebrews 10:26-27 NLT
If you have truly been adopted into God's family and the Holy Spirit is living inside of you, there should be some evidence of that in your life and not just a matter of meaningless words.
Matthew 7:16-20 gives us a guideline as to evidence of Jesus in our lives; “You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles?
A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit.
So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.”
The heart of a man and a woman is evidenced by what they do, not by what they say.
A person’s actions are evidence of what they truly believe but for the one who claims Jesus as Savior their actions should reflect the life and teachings of Christ.
In short, if you love Jesus Christ, you will do what He says. When you do what He says, He and the Father abide in you. If you don’t, well, you don’t love Jesus. (I John 2:3-5)
If you act to please your sinful nature, the results will be destruction. When you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life.
We are commanded to do good for the time is approaching when we will reap a harvest. Do not give up. Keep persevering for the cause of Christ.
What does all of this mean? Quit playing the game of church.
If you are going to claim the name of “Christian” or “Little Christ”, then act like it. Let your life reflect what you believe.
If you do not actually believe it, quit being the hypocrite.