"You believe there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that- and shudder." James 2:19
So, in those two Scriptures, we have a potential comparison to demons AND a possible label as a liar... not exactly reassuring, is it? But, I think we need to look at this from a different perspective... instead of beating ourselves up over whether or not these "apply" to us, we should be using these Scriptures as road maps, if you will... commands on how we should live.
Chan concludes this section with the following statement: "Some people claim that we can be Christians without necessarily becoming disciples. I wonder, then, why the last thing Jesus told us was to go into the world, making disciples of all nations, teaching them to obey all that He commanded? You'll notice that He didn't add, 'But hey, if that's too much to ask, tell them to just become Christians- you know, the people who get to go to heaven without having to commit to anything." p. 87
The logical question for each of us is this: Have we actually committed ourselves to Christ?
Think about this example: Many of us have committed ourselves in marriage. We professed our love to our spouse in front of a room full of people. Many of us wear rings, showing the world that we are committed to one person. But does that exchange of vows, or the fact that we wear wedding rings, really indicate whether or not we are faithful to our spouse? Of course not... it's our daily actions towards our spouse: respect, integrity, faithfulness, love, admiration... that confirm this.
So, do your actions confirm your faithfulness to Christ?
We've seen this video before, but today's topic warrants another look. Take it to heart: