June 4, 2018
2 Timothy 3:12… Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.
I wrote this and then I thought about whether or not I had ever been persecuted. If I think about someone trying to persecute me, I really can’t think of anything. But when I think about people unintentionally causing me grief because of my love for God, I can think of many instances.
Living a godly life in Christ Jesus is intentional. It includes denying the flesh; and that is not popular with the masses. People might feel judged by your intentions. That is not our problem; that is the Holy Spirit.
1 John 5:10… Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. Whoever does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning His Son.
We are living proof that God is Truth. Our testimonies are in us. We don’t wake up and decide to be a testimony. We are testimonies because we believe.
1 John 5:11… And this is the testimony… that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.
When you walk into a store, you don’t have to announce that you are alive; the fact that you are breathing and walking is proof enough. When you are living in Jesus, you don’t have to announce it; it should be evident to all. That sentence convicted me. Do people know I am living in Christ if I don’t have my “Jesus Saves” t-shirt on? T-shirts and bumper stickers may be our quick fix for our lack of real faith. Ouch…
At the root of all this is the question: Do I believe, or do I not believe? Settle that, and live life fully in Him. Life is so much more than confession. We confess, “I am a Republican.” That gives people fodder and warning. If they could see you in a voting booth, they would know. God sees you in voting booths; He knows. He also sees you live every day with the knowledge of His love; He knows. We are supposed to serve Him… not the people around us.
If you say, “I am a Christian.” Is it a surprise to people? It is not supposed to be. Your life, not just your testimony, ought to convict the non-believer.