Recently I posted a blog about the Christian life being a journey not an event.  As a follow up to that, I want to suggest that you check out your spiritual journey thus far and see if you are truly following Christ.   I know people who prayed a prayer at some point in their life, but their deeds do not give any evidence of having a relationship with Christ.  We are not saved by our deeds; we are saved by His grace when we put our faith in Christ.  However, there should be evidence that Christ is in our life by the good things we do (Eph 2:8-10)

I read through Titus this morning – and verse 16 grabbed my attention…..check it out along with the verses that follow and examine yourself.

Titus 1:16 NASB   They profess to know God, but by their deeds they deny Him, being detestable and disobedient, and worthless for any good deed.

Matt 7:21 NASB  “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven.

Luke 6:46 NASB  “And why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? ”

2 Cor 13:5 NASB  Examine yourselves to see if your faith is really genuine. Test yourselves. If you cannot tell that Jesus Christ is among you, it means you have failed the test.

1 John 2:4-6 NLT   If someone says, “I belong to God,” but doesn’t obey God’s commandments, that person is a liar and does not live in the truth. 5 But those who obey God’s word really do love him. That is the way to know whether or not we live in him. 6 Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Christ did.

If there’s no evidence that Christ is in your life – why not choose to repent (turn from) your sin and make the decision to trust and follow Christ as Saviour & Lord.  Here are a few verses to consider:  1 John 1:9,  John 3:16,  Rom 3:23,  Rom 6:23,  Rom 5:8,  Rom 10:9-10, 1 John 5:11-13.

About bjrutledge

BJ & Janet were married in July 1977 They have three grown children who are all married: Jeremy & Whitney Rutledge, Chris & Julie Hurst, and Josh and Hannah Rutledge. They also have five grandsons, and a granddaughter. BJ says perhaps our greatest legacy is even though our kids are PK's, they love Jesus and are all involved in ministry in the local church. BJ has served at churches in Dallas - Bossier City, LA - Houston - and was at Fellowship of the Woodlands (Woodlands Church) in The Woodlands before coming to Grace Fellowship. BJ is the Legacy Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise, TX.
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