Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Accessorize properly!

I saw a tag on the front of a car that said "got Jesus?" It was in was in question form of course like the commercial got milk? My first instinct was to answer that question in my mind and say "why, sure I do!" I thought about it for a moment and there are many people who are not even saved that would come up with the same response. Now how in the world could that be?
A verse came to mind is 1 John 2:23 which says this: whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also.

This statement is more than just a confession by mouth. It is a confession of our everyday life. There is a regenerative righteousness that comes when God's grace is applied to us.
Romans 5:21 says: so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

We go through life and base the "quality" of it on our possessions. People tack on Jesus as an accessory or a bobble head doll. Well that is not Jesus the Son of God. That is idolatry. For example: I have a nice house, I have a nice car, I have great kids, and a great wife. I know I need to go to church and get "a little bit of Jesus" in my life. I will go to church once a week and that will give me enough to assure me of salvation. Ok so this scenario is the fruit a lot of people produce.
Jesus said in Matthew 7:16: "by their fruits you will know them." So the saying you can't judge a book by it's cover can be throwed in the trash.

Guess what, people have all this stuff and they think they will add Jesus to their life just for safe keeping. By no means is the Word of God, and the commandments of Christ ever exhibited but they are "proclaimed Christians" by word of mouth only. Of course that is a whole new subject. Those very things we possess will only bury us in hell if Jesus is not the most important one in our lives. So in conclusion: without Christ then we have nothing, and with Christ we have everything...regardless of any possessions or relationships. Of course it is safe to say that I do have Jesus because He alone has done a mighty work in life and restored to original relationship with God.

Christ-likeness is the only fruit I desire to bear.
David Stapp