Imagine I was to go to my workplace wearing my uniform and stopping at a petrol station on the way there, everyone around me would think I am going to work right?
Well what if I went to work, lied down under a tree and went to sleep, could I still say I work at that work place? No!
You see, the clothes/uniform I wear doesn’t make me a worker, but rather the actions I take while I am there. Calling myself a Christian doesn’t make me a Christian either.
Let’s take a look at a verse from James chapter 2; verse 17 says “so you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.” To give you an idea of the context and what this verse is referring to, you can read a few verses before this one and notice James was talking about a brother or sister coming to you in need of clothing or food and you tell them to be well, but don’t help them out. He was referring to brothers and sisters in Christ, and so if we wear the Christ-follower tag, but do not prove it through our works/deeds, then are we still Christ-followers?
Faith without works is dead. In other words it is insufficient to keep saying that you believe in God and that you love Him if you continue to live a sinful life without regretting those sins. Without wanting to change, without changing your lifestyle… it is dead!
Romans says in chapter 2, verse 13 “for merely listening to the law doesn’t make us right with God. It is obeying the law that makes us right in His sight.”
Many times we get in the habit of teaching others the law of God, what God requires from them, but Satan distracts us like that, and we forget that we need to teach ourselves these laws first.
How do you live your life?
Do you regret your sins?
Do you try departing from them like a person wishes to depart from cancer?
You know, you’re wasting your time if you read the Bible without the goal to let it change your life. You’re wasting your breathe saying that you love God if you don’t obey Him, the Gospel of John says that whoever loves God WILL obey His commandments.
So let this week be a new start for you.
Get out of the boat, kick down the barriers and get out of your comfort zone because God is calling you to be something a lot bigger than what you are now.
Let’s pray together…
God, I pray that You give me wisdom, knowledge and strength to apply your word in my life. I pray that You transform me from a person who merely read the Bible, to a person who seeks Your will on my life, a person who is looking for things to change in my life. For Your glory God. Amen.