I often find a huge disconnect between what I say I believe and what I really believe. My heart and mind easily agree on what God has called me to do. However, only what I do demonstrates what I really believe.
"In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead." -James 2:17
We must examine our actions to determine our real faith. We need to ask, "What did I sign up for?"
A relationship with Jesus is intimate and private, but Jesus also made it clear that our faith in Him is to be public. Every person who has said “yes” to Jesus as their Savior and Lord is promised to be sent out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Our faith was never was intended to be safe—not 2,000 years ago and not today.
We signed up to be engaged in an all-out assault on the Kingdom of Darkness. Remember that Jesus told us to be the light of the world and called us to bring the message of redeeming love to our families and our personal and professional networks. And he has also called us to take this message to the ends of the Earth.
Jesus must be at the forefront of all we do and say with people because He is still seeking and saving the lost. Lostness is why you and I are still on this Earth.
For those outside of Christ, Earth is the closest thing to Heaven they will ever experience. And for Christians, Earth is the closest thing to Hell we will experience. We have been called to be witnesses to those who think Earth is Heaven. We have been given power to be witnesses.
"'But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.'” -Acts 1:8
I've gotten the orders from Christ, and I have power through the Holy Spirit. If I refuse to open my mouth and speak, most of my network will never hear.
If we don’t tell those we know about Christ, then we are kidding ourselves about the truth and their future. If we really believe that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, we must tell them.
We must live what we believe.
John's travels for ministry behind the Iron Curtain led him to found East-West Ministries International in 1993. John and his wife, Susie, live in Dallas, Texas and have a grown daughter and two grandchildren.