Real Christians?

The Christian faith is all about “dying to self;” “taking up your cross daily;” “following Jesus and becoming a soul winner;” “doing the Father’s will and not your own;” “out of love obeying everything He has commanded.” The list can go on and on and should. However, a lot of people today who call themselves Christians would already be struggling with this partial list. Maybe you are as well. We have, in many ways, made the Christian faith all about us when, in reality, it is all about Him. Followers need to come to realize that it is all about Him.

So, we have those who are out there ministering, teaching, prophesying, sharing Jesus with those they meet. Looks good on the surface but deep inside – where motives hide in the heart – they are in it for themselves. It is about “their reputation,” “their ministry,” their gifts,” “their calling, “their income,” “their network…” Again, not much “dying to self and taking up the cross” here either. It is regretful but this is the reality that many face today. Leaders need to come to realize it is all about Him.

Jesus put it like this:

“Knowing the correct password – saying ‘Master, Master’ for instance – isn’t going to get you anywhere with Me. What is required is serious obedience – doing what My Father wills. I can see it now – at the Final Judgment thousands strutting up to me and saying, ‘Master, we preached the Message, we bashed the demons, our God-sponsord projects had everyone talking.’ And do you know what I am going to say? ‘You missed the boat. All you did was use Me to make yourselves important. You don’t impress Me one bit. You’re out of here.'” (Matthew 7:21-23 The Message)

Jesus said, “if you love Me, you will obey Me.” Our only motivation and purpose must be our love for our Lord and Savior. Not personal comfort, security, or recognition; not ministry, gifts, callings, and reputation. Simply loving others in His Name – simple love where we love Him because He first loved us. Nothing more, but nothing less.

Just a thought!!!!

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