Friday, August 30, 2013

How To Tell If Someone Is A Christian.

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Are you a follower of Jesus? What is the real test of being a Christian?  Is it doing great works of good, is it by enduring persecution, having beautiful worship or something else?

"By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." John 13:35.

It is interesting that Christ did not say going to church makes people know you are his disciple, or giving to charity, owning a Bible, wearing a cross, or experiencing a miracle.

Our lives are on display, we may not like it, but it is the truth- the world sees.  If a person is following The Lord it will be on public record through the eyes of each person they meet.

The teaching of Jesus is unique; it has a certain unmistakable effect.  If we are following his teaching we will have the natural response of loving one another.  If we are following anybody else's teaching we will not have this supernatural love for the followers of Christ.

We need his teaching, we need it in our lives; we need to sit at his feet and read his word and listen to his spirit.

Love is not just good feelings.  It is a lot of actions like giving, service, and sacrifice.  The Lord gave the ultimate example of love for it says in the Bible, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son that whosoever believes in him will not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16.

Christ said this love does not have favorites.  His disciples will love not just the nice people, but all people.  Jesus spent a lot of time with the maimed, messed up and underclasses.  It cost him his reputation and earned the disdain of those who cherished earthly status over spiritual treasure.

Not to love is very bad.  It suggests that a person has never experienced the saving power of the Gospel.  Jesus spoke of salvation as a new birth, which means we have a new life and a power to love which comes from a union with Christ in his life and death.  If love does not characterize your life reconsider the question of your salvation.

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