But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless
~ James 1:22-27
Today I was sitting in class at school (while we were doing nothing, #endofschoolyear), and I began to have this thought about how the level of information that you know when it comes to making a defense for your faith isn’t the primary thing a young believer should focus on.
I then began to think about how it is possible to have all the correct answers but still leave people with a bitter taste in their mouth after watching you walk through life.
All of this information is useless unless you have the greatest piece of evidence for the love of Jesus ever, and that’s your life. Your life is the biggest testimony to the saving power of Jesus Christ.
So many people are turned off to the Gospel because they have gone through life looking at people who call themselves Christians, yet there is no obvious change in lifestyle.
It’s a major problem. Let me assure you that it doesn’t matter how much knowledge you have or how advanced your communication skills are down, if you don’t live a life modeled after the life of Jesus Christ.
If that’s you, if you are more concerned about your level of theistic knowledge rather than your relationship with Christ, what you need to do right now is to shut down your web browser, open up some way of accessing God’s word, and start reading in the book of Acts. How the Christians set the example there is means to be a changed believer.
The Christians in Acts were so radically shaped by what Jesus had told them that they were all willing to be martyred for their commitment to Jesus. If we don’t have that kind of commitment to truth or if our lives aren’t changed in such a way that people stare at us and can’t stand the fact that we love Jesus so much, then we are wasting our time by learning all these facts and data.
The facts and data are only useful if we have the first part (that is a healthy relationship with Jesus) down or at least working well.
What gives the Gospel power is not the overwhelming amount of human facts there are for the claims made in the Bible, but rather it is the work of God in the hearts of the people who hear and believe in the sacrifice of Jesus. Once that happens, people see the change that occurs in a person’s life, and it is that change that makes the Gospel know to all people as the only Truth.
It is the Gospel’s power to change lives that is the greatest piece of evidence you need.