Memorise 2 Timothy 2:15
"...the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service."
Some believe that if I do the things that Christians do, it would make me a Christian and I would have a place in heaven. If I go to church faithfully, attend every prayer meeting, give of my tithe, all this would please God and secure me a place in heaven.
This idea is actually the foundation of many major religions. The leaders of these religions form elaborate ceremonies and rituals that followers have to adhere to in order to enter heaven’s gates. Many of these followers cling onto these rituals believing that they are their ticket to heaven. Paul described the Jews as such. The Jews were very zealous and claim to have great love and faithfulness to God. However, Paul describes their situation very well, “…they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge”; their faith and actions are not based on what God requires of man; it is not based on God’s Word. Instead, their fervour is based on man’s principles and ideas. They may have great zeal and yet they may not know the true God at all. Their faith is man-made. The Apostle Paul himself was such a man before his conversion (Acts 26:9- 10). He thought that persecuting and killing Christians was in obedience to God!
Are you guilty of serving God the wrong way? Do you believe the God of the Bible or a god of your own ideas and imagination? Jesus tells us that many will say to him on the Day of Judgment that they did many mighty things for Him, yet Christ will deny having ever known them (Matthew 7:22-23). This is so possible and you must check yourself and see which are you? You must check your heart and ask if your faith is based on God’s Word. Or does God’s Word point out error in your ways and are you repentant or stubbornly persisting in incorrect understanding and sin? You have to continue to be a diligent student of God’s Word and the more you discover and obey, the more you can check your faith.
Thought: How do I know that our faith is true? Only by God's Word.
Prayer: Lord, give me a humble seeking heart that I may know that if I am right with thee.