How do you know you are born again?
Some people think it’s because they said a prayer. Or they raised a hand in a service. Or they called out to Jesus in the midst of turmoil in their life.
So many people are trusting in the church. Their leaders. The sacraments.
All of these things spell trouble.
How to know you’re born again is simple: you believe in Christ.
You believe in him because you are born again, otherwise he’s the furthest thing from your mind and heart.
Faith that believes that Jesus is the Christ produces love for God and love for others.
But love for others is the difficult part. People are a problem. Let’s face it, some Christians can be boring, depressing, unattractive, wet blankets, repellent, and pains in the neck.
And then throw in the devil, the world and your flesh and the mix will keep you from loving others. Culture becomes more important than Christ. Popular opinion, too. Laziness sets in. And narcissism takes over.
But loving others is sweet when you know God wants you to do it. And he will give you the heart for it.
The truth is we’re all depraved. We share an equality in guilt. And an equality in grace.
The one place where everybody is equal is at the cross. Even the cool people.
If you don’t have a love for other Christians, especially inside the church, then you’re presuming you love God. You can’t love God without including his people.
Ask him to give you his love for the family. You’ll be glad you did.
Talk to me.