Posting Bible verses on your social media feed doesn’t make you a Christian. Going to church every Sunday doesn’t make you one too.
Have you ever thought about the things you shouldn’t be doing as a Christian?
Don’t set the affections of your heart on this world or in loving the things of the world. The love of the Father and the love of the world are incompatible. For all that the world can offer us—the gratification of our flesh, the allurement of the things of the world, and the obsession with status and importance—none of these things come from the Father but from the world.
1 John 2:15-16 TPT
Living for God means that you go all in. You don’t live your life by having your foot on a relationship with Jesus and the other foot with the world. You can’t just be a Christian on Sundays. While on weekdays, you curse with your mouth, you gossip with friends, drink with them until you are too drunk to make sense of the world, sleep together outside of marriage, watch pornography, follow idols, listen to worldly music, and participate in worldly activities (just because they are cool and trending). It’s only one way or the other, no in-betweens. Living for God never makes you famous.
If you belonged to the world, the world would love [you as] its own and would treat you with affection. But you are not of the world [you no longer belong to it], but I have chosen you out of the world. And because of this the world hates you.
John 15:19 AMP
But if you decide to live in both worlds, then you are living a compromised life.
So any person who knows what is right to do but does not do it, to him it is sin.
James 4:17 AMP
What makes you a follower of Jesus? Your personal relationship with Him.
After you received Jesus as your Lord and personal Savior, the most natural thing you do is to desire to please God in everything. And this also includes following the lifestyle Jesus has set for us to follow.
Remember how relationships thrive and flourish? They grow by spending time with the person you’re in a relationship with, be it your family, spouse, and friends. And because you love them, your love flows through your words, thoughts, and actions.
The same goes for when you have a personal relationship with Jesus. You desire to talk to Him through prayer, hear from Him through His Word by reading your Bible every day, meditating on it day and night.
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall read [and meditate on] it day and night, so that you may be careful to do [everything] in accordance with all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will be successful.
Joshua 1:8 AMP
You do not hang out with worldly people anymore. Instead, you desire to be in the company of those who also seek Jesus.
Do not be unequally bound together with unbelievers [do not make mismatched alliances with them, inconsistent with your faith]. For what partnership can righteousness have with lawlessness? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony can there be between Christ and Belial (Satan)? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?
2 Corinthians 6:14-15 AMP
You live your life in a manner worthy of the Gospel. You live for God every day for the rest of your life. And it is through the grace of God that you can say no to sin and yes to living a life that pleases the Lord.
For the [remarkable, undeserved] grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to reject ungodliness and worldly (immoral) desires, and to live sensible, upright, and godly lives [with a purpose that reflect spiritual maturity] in this present age,
Titus 2:11-12 AMP
If you think that I am talking to you right now, take this opportunity to think about your relationship with Jesus these days. When was the last time you prayed to God? When was the last time you read chunks of God’s Word and not just quotable quotes from the Bible? When was the last time you talked about Jesus to your friends and family? When was the last time you shared the Gospel that Jesus freed us from the bondage and oppression of sin by dying on the cross and conquering death?
It’s time to choose to live for God every day, not just while you are in church. Seek that every time people see you, they will see God at work in your life. And this will only be possible if you fill yourself with God’s Word and soak yourself in Jesus’ Presence. This is not just about crying and speaking in tongues on Sundays. This is about living as a witness for Jesus Christ.
Make yourself worthy of the Gospel. Choose to live for God everyday by choosing to live a righteous life.
Remember your first love.
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