Borrowed Truths

Something Else To Do

something else to do
Borrowed Truths

Something Else To Do

If you have determined to live a life that glorifies God, prepare yourself for frustration, for the only alternative is a life that focuses on your own walk with Christ, and that can be a trap laid by Satan upon millions, self-centered and not centered on others for the glory of the Lord. “And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” (Matt. 22:39)

Depending on the circles you move in, many, if not most of the people you will speak to on your path will at least profess that they believe in God, some will say that they are Christians, and even a few will admit, at least with their words that they have been washed in the blood of the Lamb, but nearly everyone of them will have one thing in common, they will have people to see, places to go and things to do when you attempt to engage them in a conversation about their personal walk with the Lord and how He has been using them.

Some may have 1 Peter 3:15 memorized, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:” And they may do so at times, but not to you, for you ask questions that they do not care to answer, the most foundational one being, “How has God been using you for His glory in the last week.”

Those who say they believe in God are common, and in no disrespectful way, when the conversation with them is over they cannot expound upon the God they say they serve. The ones who will say they are Christian are so varied that entire books could be written on what their terminology of that word means, but it is rarely one who follows the Lord Jesus Christ with their entire being, but instead focuses on the fact that they attend a church occasionally, perhaps got baptized and adheres to the traditions of that organization with a cross hanging in it somewhere, and of course consider themselves good, moral people of character.

It is those that say they are born-again that we are concerned with here, those who may indeed be saved by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, but who can offer no works done for Him in their lives. Again, as those who say they are Christians, many of these can offer nothing but what they would consider a “good conscience” towards the Almighty, a desire to be pleasing in His sight not by their actions, but only in their thoughts. Here we cannot without further questioning and investigation into their lives make a determining statement as to their salvation, and here is where you will find Matthew 15:8 to be a truth sadly many times. “This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.”

And thus our frustrations begin, how can one be assured that we are speaking with a brother or sister in Christ when there are no actions to back up the words, if there is no obedience to Christ save for what they profess they have in their thoughts?

“But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.” (1 Sam. 16:7) If your spouse says they love you, but never or rarely shows that love with actions, only those words, where is the proof of that love?

We must consider here Luke 17:10, “So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.” Obedience by these may be accomplished, but only the bare minimum, only that which has been required by the Lord for them to do so. Those then would be our fellow servants, of this there can be no doubt, and here we must apply Romans 14:4 to ourselves, “Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.” What the Lord has called them to do they have and are doing, and as Christ spoke to Peter about John on that day at the beach, we are not to concern ourselves with the path He has set before them. “Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.” (John 21:22)

Instead, I address those who cannot give a reply to the question of, “How has the Lord been using you for His glory?” You more than likely will not receive an answer of, “None of your business,” but it will be close enough to that, for you have asked a very deeply personal question that would require proof, in the greatest sense of the word.

Here is the frustration we speak of, for not only would their salvation be in question, not only would you recognize at times with some of those a great deception within themselves as to where they will spend eternity, but a great sorrow upon meeting someone who professes Christ as Lord but has no desire to speak as length about Him, who can offer no proof of the salvation they profess to have.

Our lives are defined by who we serve, remember that, and that service is an action.

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