One decision to receive Christ is not enough; the right decision is to FOLLOW Christ. One-time vs. All-time.
19 As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.
We can look at a person’s life and tell where their passions lie. A big tell is how much time we spend doing a certain subject. Sports? Fishing? Hunting? Work? Movies? Leisure? Traveling? TV? Gaming? The list can be extensive. In the same way, we can look into our personal lives and tell where our hearts lie. Who makes the decisions? On what are they based? What is important to us?
If we have chosen to follow Christ, then this verse is true for us:
“Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own. 18 Whoever speaks on their own does so to gain personal glory, but he who seeks the glory of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him.” John 7:17-18
If we are to be like Christ, then we must learn to seek His glory in our lives by having nothing false about us. What does that mean? Jesus only did what He saw His Father doing. He was led by the Spirit. We, too, must be led by the Spirit. We must know Him so well that we sense His nudging and hear His gentle whisper all the time. When we make our own decisions, we are making them in the flesh and the Spirit has nothing to do with it. Those decisions are evil because they are not godly/God-led.
Before we knew Jesus, we made all our own decisions. We went the way we wanted, not realizing that we were being led straight to hell! Jesus came to us and now lives within us; He wants to direct our lives so that we become like Him. Is that what we want? I sure hope so! Our decision for Christ must remind us constantly that we gave our hearts and lives to Him. We consented to not just receive Him, but to follow Him from now on. The question is: How seriously are you taking your commitment? Consider these verses:
23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.” Luke 9:23
Dying to self is a daily affair. But, “daily” does not capture Jesus’ intention. It’s more than that. The word means (Greek) “to live accordingly all the time.” How? To “follow Him” is to follow relentlessly! We are to pursue Jesus as if He were our highest prize. Wait–He IS our Highest Prize! If we act like Jesus (as He leads us), we will become like Jesus. It’s that simple. And, our reward is two-fold. One is heaven and all He has for us in eternity, and the other is His love, His peace, His joy, His hope and grace here on earth RIGHT NOW! His love flowing through us is what makes Him (and us) attractive to those whom He is drawing to Himself.
Let’s become the most loving, peaceful, joyful, hopeful and graceful people on the planet so that lost folks will want to know how we got that way. Then let’s tell them!