Are You Really A Christian? Prove It.

Why You Need To Justify Your Salvation & How To Do It

“You can go down a dry sinner and come up a wet one”.

What it means is that baptism doesn’t save you nor make you a Christian.

Getting baptized is simply a signifier to the rest of the world that you have already received salvation through faith.

However, faith alone does save you nor does it mean you are a Christian. The bible says even the demons believe — James 2:19 (GNT)

And unfortunately, too many believers are walking around as Christians but are no better than demons. They are going down as dry sinners and coming up as wet ones because they fail to realize that while faith brings salvation it must be justified by good works.

In other words,

“So it is with faith: if it is along and includes no actions, then it is dead” — James 2:17 (GNT).

However, matching your actions with your faith isn’t easy.

Having the ability to fully commit to God’s word is a tall order even for the holiest of people because the flesh is weak and the temptation is strong.

And unfortunately, there is no instant way to becoming a better Christian. It’s a process to becoming a better Christian; a lifelong journey.

However, there are simple actionable steps you take today to grow into a better Christian.

Send The Right First impressions

“You never get a second chance to make a first impression” — Unknown

The reason first impressions are so important is that they establish a foundation for how you are to think about someone for a period of time.

Think about it this way; a first impression is like a book cover and everyone that reads. It gives people a peek of what’s on the inside to help them determine whether or not they want to explore more.

Research says you only have 27 seconds to make a good first impression. And if you’re on social media the time to make a first impression is probably even less.

In essence, almost every minute of your life someone is evaluating your book cover simply by the way they read you.

The great thing about that is you choose what you want them to read. And based on what you give them to read will determine what they think about the rest of your book.

Yet is what you are giving them a show of your faith in Christ or the total opposite? If someone were to read your cover would their first impression be everything but holy?

If you call yourself a Christian it shouldn’t be. If you call yourself a Christian each day should be another attempt to be like God.

“Since you are God’s dear children, you must try to be like him…So be careful how you live. Don’t live like ignorant people, but like wise people. Make good use of every opportunity you have, because these are evil days. Don’t be fools, then, but try to find out what the Lord wants you to do” — Ephesians 5:1,15–17 (GNT)

I get it, it’s hard trying to be like God. Someone cuts you off on the road, you get offended by someone’s post online, sleeping with that man or woman is tempting, and being intoxicated seems to be more fun than being sober.

To put it plainly it’s hard to do the right thing all the time.

Your natural tendency is to do everything but what God would want you to do. However what good comes out of road rage? What good comes out of sleeping with that man or woman? What is the aftermath of one more drink?

Ok, maybe temporary satisfaction is what you’re looking for or maybe a good time will make you feel better.

But is it worth it? Do the pros outweigh the cons? Not if you’re looking for riches in heaven.

So how do you deal with the temptation?

Ask for wisdom.

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom you should ask God, who give generously to all…” — James 1:2–5 (NIV)

See those who are unwise will make unwise decisions. They will not be able to pass the trials that the world brings because they are unaware they are going through a trial and thus they are unprepared.

Yet when you ask for wisdom, you be able to discern when life’s trials come and you will know that these trials are a testing of your faith.

And to pass any test you know that it requires preparation. And so like any wise person, you prepare with the armor of God so that you can be strong in the Lord and withstand the trials that come to test you.

Love Your Enemies

“But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who mistreat you” — Luke 6:27–28 (GNT)

This is one of those verses in the bible you wish you never have read. Yet, to love your enemies is probably the most Christ-like thing you can do because, like Christ, you are showing love to people who do not deserve it.

But why?

So that your reward will be great in heaven.

“If you only love the people who love you, why should you receive a blessing? Even sinners love those who love them!…Love your enemies and do good to them; lend and expect nothing back. You will then have a great reward and you will be children of the Most High God” — Luke 6:32–33 (GNT)

There is no reward for treating people the way they deserve to be treated. There is no applause for giving people their just due.

There’s nothing hard about an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. Everyone retaliates and seeks revenge.

But a child of God doesn’t. A child of God seeks to love their enemies. And for that their reward will be great in heaven because they have decided to do as Christ did.

Yet saying you will love your enemies and doing it are two different things. It’s much easier said than done.

Yet it can be done with the words you say in prayer; “Lord bless my enemies”.

It’s one of the simplest things you can do for your enemies and it’s something God has called you to do so that you will receive your reward in heaven.

But instead of just thinking about praying for them as something God called you to do, take it a step further and try to put yourself in their shoes. Think of the reason they did what they did to you.

A lot of times people will lash out at you because of the stress, frustration, and anger that has been built up prior to them encountering you.

In this world, many people are dealing with all kinds of compounded hurt, pain, and trauma with no knowledge of how to release it civilly.

Some stranger or someone close to them has caused physical or psychological injury to them over the course of their day, week, year, or lifetime.

So when they encounter you they get offensive in order to defend themselves.

So when God tells you to pray for your enemies it isn’t just so that you may get a reward, it's so that your enemies may be healed of any wounds.

“If you only love the people who love you, why should you receive a blessing? Even sinners love those who love them!…Love your enemies and do good to them; lend and expect nothing back. You will then have a great reward and you will be children of the Most High God” — Luke 6:32–33 (GNT)

Takeaway

“So then, as the body without the spirit is dead, also faith without actions is dead” — James 2:26 (GNT)

While belief in God is essential for your salvation it cannot be justified without works.

In the same way, your faith in the weather forecast is proven but what you wear that day, your salvation is validated by your faith in tandem with your righteous works.

You wouldn’t leave the house without your umbrella if you believe it will rain. So why would you leave your good works at the door if you call yourself a Christian?

It’s easier said than done but you must be a doer of the word not just a hearer of the word (link). Every day you must make an effort to live righteously.

You are no better than an atheist if you say you love the Lord and don’t keep his commands. Anyone can say they love God and anyone can say they are a Christian.

Yet to truly prove that you are God’s child you must try to be like him.

“So then, as the body without the spirit is dead, also faith without actions is dead” — James 2:26 (GNT)

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