DO YOU REALLY BELIEVE?
Are you a believer? A believer in whom, or what? Do you believe John 3:16, that by believing in Jesus, you will have eternal life? Almost all Christians will say "yes." But how do we know whether that ‘yes’ is true and genuine? A sure test is to find out whether we actually believe what is said in the rest of the Scriptures as God’s Word. Or are we believing only John 3:16 or John 14:6 ("I am the way, the Truth and the Life")?
One who claims to believe in Jesus to save him/her from eternal damnation to eternal life should surely believe the rest of the Bible as well. Otherwise, the genuineness of that faith is doubtful.
An examination of one’s life-style will reveal whether one actually believes everything written in the Word. Jesus was not talking about the printer’s devil when He said, "--one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the Law till all is fulfilled." He was talking about the immutability, the eternal nature of everything God has said in His Word.
For example, do we believe that God loves a cheerful giver (2 Cor.9:7)? Then why do preachers have to keep on urging us to give? "It is more blessed to give than to receive" (Acts 20:35).
If we believe "humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God that He will exalt you in due time" (1 Pet.5:6), why is there so much of in-fighting, power struggles and divisions in the church and Christian organisations? "When there are envy, strife and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men" (1 Cor.3:3)? "It is already an utter failure for you that you go to law against one another. Why do you not rather accept wrong? Why do you not rather let yourselves be cheated" (1 Cor.6:7)?
Do we believe that if we "seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, all these things will be added unto us" (Matt.6:33)? Then why such worry and care about the future of our children and rush to coaching classes?
Do we take it as truth that "vengeance is mine, I will reply, says the Lord" (Rom. 12:19)? Then why do many of us spend hours, days, months or even years of our lives, plotting how to take revenge?
Do we really believe that "the love of money is the root of all evil" (1 Tim.6:10)? Then why do we, like the rest of the world, join the rat-race for making a quick buck? Do we believe "honour your father and mother that it may be well with you and you will live long on earth" (Eph.6:2,3)? Then, why are many old parents languishing in old-age homes?
What this generation needs is individuals who have a firm faith in the Creator God to whom each one is accountable. We need people who will stand firm for truth, justice and righteousness. The world is producing smart people who can practise all the wrongs and still be smart enough not to get caught!
In our worship services, are we flattering Him with our mouths and lying to Him with our tongues? (Psa.78:36). "He who forms the mountains and creates the wind, who declares to man what his thought it is..." will not know, when we praise and worship Him for personal gains?
Remember that "we all must appear before the judgement seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad" (2 Cor.5:10).