When you think of the word Christian, what comes to mind? How do you define it? Someone who goes to church, knows a lot about God, Jesus, Christianity, has a Bible, listens to Christian music, goes to church events, has pictures of Jesus or crosses around their house, on their key chain, on their car, wears Christian shirts, bracelets etc.?? While all of them are good there is still something missing. It is what makes a Christian, a Christian. It is what’s in the Heart, your heart. That is what God wants. He wants your heart. It is good to have and do all those things and more, but if your heart is not in the right place what is the use of doing or having all those things? Going to church, doing all the Christian things, being a good person, etc. is useless if your motives are not right. When God looks at you he sees your heart, your motives, if they are self-centered or centered on Him. Are you doing the things for God or for yourself? God wants to be the Center of your life. He loves us Too Much to just be another part of our life. He died for you and wants to know you Personally.
Matthew 7:21 – 23
“Not all people who sound religious are really godly. They may refer to me as ‘Lord,’ but they still won’t enter the Kingdom of Heaven. The decisive issue is whether they obey my Father in heaven. On judgment day many will tell me, ‘Lord, Lord, we prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Go away; the things you did were unauthorized.'”
^ Not everyone who says they believe in Jesus or acts like a Christian belongs to God. There are a lot of fakes out there. They have no personal relationship with Him. Many people think that if they are a good person or do all the right things, they will receive eternal life. That is Not true. Only a personal relationship with Jesus, Faith in Him, and Obedience to Him matters. In the end God will judge them and see straight through their hearts to their motives, which are self-centered. Center your motives on Him, live for Him, obey Him, and you will find true joy, hope, and peace.
Matthew 7:24 – 27
Building on a Solid Foundation
“Anyone who listens to my teaching and obeys me is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse, because it is built on rock. But anyone who hears my teaching and ignores it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will fall with a mighty crash.”
^ If we are truly in Him, we need to heed His words and put them to use. Our “foundation” needs to be Jesus, our solid unshakeable rock. He needs to be the center of everything we do. Our “house” is our relationship with Him. If we put our faith in Him, let him be our “foundation”, “build our House” on Him and put His words into practice when the rain and storms of life come we need not fear for our “foundation” is solid and our “house” will stand.
And whenever those possessed by evil spirits caught sight of him, they would fall down in front of him shrieking, “You are the Son of God!”
^The evil spirits knew about God, they knew who He was, but they did not listen to him and turn from their evil ways. Knowing about God is different than obeying His word. We need to listen to Him, not just know about Him.
Jesus replied, “You are a respected Jewish teacher, and yet you don’t understand these things? I assure you, I am telling you what we know and have seen, and yet you won’t believe us.”
‘These people honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far away.
Their worship is a farce,
for they replace God’s commands with their own man-made teachings.’
^ Do you truly believe in God and Jesus, that He died for you and rose again 3 days later or do you just know about it? There is a difference between Knowing and Believing. Just knowing about God and Jesus, knowing His Word, memorizing scripture etc. is not enough. Just Knowing is not what matters, it is what you Believe in your heart and if you put it into Action. Are you listening and responding to God? The Jewish teachers that Jesus was talking to knew the Old Testament completely, but they didn’t truly understand it. We can read and know all about the Bible, but if we don’t truly believe and understand who God is, the salvation that He offers, and have faith in Him, obeying His word, we know Nothing.
Christianity is Not a Religion it is a Relationship, a Personal Relationship with God, with Jesus Christ. He wants to know you Personally. If you have asked Him into your life and accepted His Spirit into your heart before, did you mean it? Have you acted on it? If you haven’t you need to recommit your life to Him. He wants to mold us and use us for his perfect plan, to further his kingdom. He knows what is Best for us. He could do it all Himself, but He chooses to use us, His creation, for His purposes. Isn’t that a GREAT Privilege!!! And He gives us Great joy, hope, and peace that goes beyond our understanding, to help us throughout life. He longs to have a personal relationship with you and is reaching out to you now. Will you accept His Free Gift?
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