The righteousness of Christ is not only imputed on us but must be PRACTICED. John says in 1Jn.3 we are of the devil if we make a practice of sinning because no one who abides in Christ keeps on sinning. That means if a man or a woman keeps on sinning, even though they may say or think or believe they are Christian, they really are not! The evidence of true faith is not only in the receiving of the righteousness of Christ but the practice of it. So dear fellow believers, practice righteousness today and everyday.
“No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. Whoever makes a practice if sinningis of the devil…..” – 1 John 3:6-8 ESV
Does your church feel more like a community that is caring, supportive, real, authentic, unconditionally loving, warm, friendly, serious about teaching God’s Word, uncompromising in discipleship to help fellow believers faithfully live out what we believe, passionate about winning souls to Christ and about life-change OR does your church feel more like a commercial entity where the above qualities have been compromised? When you attend your church service, does it feel like you’re truly worshiping God and that there is sincerity and earnestness in people on the platform reaching out to you to encourage you, comfort you, teach you and correct you where necessary OR does it feel more like you’re attending some sort of a mass music event and public talk that lacks authenticity and heart-to-heart connection? Are the people serving in your church busy with the works of the ministry or busy with touching lives one by one – making time to connect with you at a genuine and personal level? There are many more questions to ask but I think the above are more than sufficient for now. If you are currently in a church that feels more like an authentic Christian community, great – and please contribute unconditionally and sacrificially to your amazing community. But if you are currently in a church that feels more like a commercial entity, don’t be quick to judge, instead lovingly seek to make a difference one life at a time. BE THE CHANGE and before long, you’ll find yourself making the change. Kindness breeds kindness. Generosity breeds generosity. Unconditional love breeds, you guessed it, unconditional love. “Be excellent in what is good, be innocent of evil.” (Rom.16:19)
Think of all the scandals in churches, families and the marketplace – I believe most of them would not have happened if Christians involved were committed to be holy just as the Lord is holy, if we had chosen to walk on the path of righteousness for His name sake, and if we were really convinced that there is judgment and hell in the end for the ungodly. Did they receive grace and forgiveness of past sins prior to the scandals? Of course they did. The problem is not that they didn’t receive grace, the real problem is that the kind of grace they had been taught does not lead to obedience, righteousness and holiness. That is also called cheap grace – which is not the grace of God at all. Grace + Holiness brings GLORY to God every time!
We need a HOLINESS REVOLUTION today! “…. without holiness no one will see the Lord” (Heb.12:14)! With Christians committed to being holy and with the Holy Spirit enabling us from within us, our children, teenagers and young adults will see what holy living looks like and hopefully emulate it. When that happens, a new generation of holy saints of God will rise up to God’s call and bring God’s presence and influence to their generation!
God’s holiness is so amazing! Because He is perfectly holiness, we can be holy too. And if every disciple of Christ walks increasingly in true holiness, every church would be a better church and our witness to the world would be stronger too! On the other hand, it is unholiness amongst believers that has often given Christianity a bad name. That we must avoid. With God’s help and with the Holy Spirit working within us, let’s be holy as the Lord is holy.
You can play well, wear the nicest jersey, pass the ball well, even shoot the ball on target frequently enough, but if you don’t score, you lose in the end! That’s what happened last night in the 2018 World Cup Final match between France and Croatia. Croatia had possession of the ball most of the game, took more shots at goal, passed the ball more accurately and more frequently, yet in the end, it was France who won – beating Croatia 4-2. Thinking about the church, I see a similar thing. We could sing well, worship intimately, spiritually and even prophetically, we could have great fellowship – warm, supportive, caring and loving, we could have many deep, intensive Bible studies and we could have fantastic people enjoying serving the Lord in the ministries of the church BUT if we don’t win souls, we lose in the end! “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” – Lk.19:10