miu-miu-disco-metallic-handbagWhat do I mean by this? I mean do you pop Jesus out whenever you need him and pop him back when you are finished. You see many people have Jesus as PART of their life opposed to Jesus being their WHOLE life. They consistently swear, get drunk, do those things that they ought not to, have no desire or hunger for the things of God. In a nutshell, they are displaying the fruits of the flesh and not the fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5), but then something good happens in their life and they are the first ones to pop Jesus out of the handbag and thank God.

This is a stench in His nose because they are just paying lip service but their lives are consistently contrary to Gods word. So the question is, is Jesus your life and only part of your life? Is your ‘commitment’ to Christ limited to just an ackowledgemnt that he exists and that he supplies for you or have you totally surrendered your life to him and desire what he desires and hates what he hates which is sin.

I know Barack Obama but I bet if you asked him if he knew me, the answer would be no. In the same way, many people know and even acknowledge Jesus, believe that he died on the cross and rose on the third day but MANY of those very same people will hear Jesus say ‘ I never knew you’ when they stand before him to give an account (Matthew 7:23)

So how do you know that you will not be amongst that number. The bible makes it clear. Examine yourself to see if you are in the faith

2 Corinthians 13:5

Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified.

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Comments
  1. ready for change says:

    Greetings,

    I think you raise a valid point here. Jesus is typically used as a handbag. Rather than first start with the solution however, it might be wise to start with the problem: why do people use Jesus as a handbag? I would argue that it’s because the Bible does not have quite the relevance that it used to. Unfortunately for the faith, in the 21st century, the truths that the Bible answered are being eroded by scientific theories-turned fact with evidence. http://www.secularparenting.wordpress.com

  2. Yos says:

    Sadly, I must agree. An atheist that I’ve spoken with before said something similar to the effect of that most of us Christians agree with the Bible on paper;not in practice.

    Science has a part to play in this,but the problem isn’t fully based in it. part of the problem is due to our apologetics and relations to fellow people who may want to become Christians as some people can not honestly believe things in the Bible as said or supposedly don’t see adequate explanations for problems that they have in reference to new discoveries within the world.

    Too many times I have seen people who seemed to be Christians brushing off people that were truly trying to find answers and retreat into their circle,looking back at the desperate as evil or similar to such. I’ve had a experience close to this a years ago as one person said I wasn’t a Christian as I mentioned having skepticism of the Bible. It’s almost as a blind belief was what was preferred than a genuine search. Today I probably have less skepticism,but thinking back on this, I’m bothered in that it’s possible that many of us supposed Christians aren’t honest. If G-d is omniscient as many believe, we should be honest to say “Yes, this is what I believe” and examine our faith because I don’t believe that G-d would be fooled. Another Atheist who was supposedly a Christian said something similar to the effect of that many supposed Christians don’t want to truly examine their faith ,but persist in a belief. He may be right.

  3. Alan Higgins says:

    People, please can you stick to the topic of the blog otherwise your comments will just get deleted

  4. Yos says:

    My apologies for the digression.

    We did kinda stick to the topic,though. If not, please show us where we were wrong. Rather than just cheerlead, it does seem wise to address the “why?” of this problem.

    Generally, was your topic not about people calling themselves Christians who live contrary to how you believe the Bible dictates? (I say believe because there are many interpretations out there. )

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