You might know someone who says they believe in God but they live as if God does not exist. 7 out of 10 Americans say they believe in Jesus but many of them don’t live like they are followers of Jesus.
If I say I am a follower of the Green Bay Packers than I do things that a fan of the Green Bay Packers does.
I watch the games. I read about the team. I watch news reports about the team. I go to a few games every year. I talk to other people about the Packers. I wear Green Bay packer stuff.
If a person says they are a Christian then their life should show that they are a follower of Jesus Christ. They should go to worship. They should read the Bible. They should spend time in prayer. They should share their faith with others. A Christian should serve others and God.
A person who says they believe in God but doesn’t live to honor Him might be called a Cultural Christian or a Christian Atheists.
Titus 1:16 says “They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.”
When we claim to know God our actions need to follow that claim. Do you say you are a Christian? Does your life show that you are a Christian?
1 John 2:3-4 says “We know that we have come to know Him if we keep his commands. Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person.”
When we know God deeply we want to spend time with Him because there is no one as loving, forgiving and as powerful as Him.
If you are married and are in love with your spouse then you want to spend time with him or her. You enjoy doing things together. You enjoy spending time with each other. You like to do some of the same things. You get each other gifts. You miss each other if you are apart for an extended period of time.
The same should be true with your relationship with God. If you really know Him and love Him and have a relationship with Him then you want to spend time with Him, you want to serve Him, you want to hear from Him through worship and prayer and time in His Word.
It is my prayer that everyone, everyone in the world, would not just know the true God in Jesus Christ but following Him with all their heart, soul, mind and strength.
If you or someone you know, knows God but aren’t really following Him, I encourage you to:
Pastor Chad Starfeldt
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran