Very many today profess to be Christians who are on their way to Heaven, but then these same people barely show any proof whatsoever of their faith. To be honest, they aren’t really different in any way. I find myself to be totally guilty of this. Claiming to be a Christian but not bearing fruits. However, a lot has changed since coming across the part of the scripture which says “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves”. So then I understand that just as physical medical checks are important so also are spiritual examinations. You need to be a 100% sure of what you believe. No room for uncertainty my dear friend hence here’s a 15-point test to help out. Let’s get to the test now, shall we?
#1: Do you do good stuff? James 2:17-21
” Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.”
Now, please do not confuse this with those who believe in doing stuff that’ll get them to Heaven -No, it’s different! This is a logical response to the Gospel. You’ve been forgiven a debt you could NEVER have been able to pay by a God full of mercy hence it’s only appropriate that you’ll long to obey Him all the way because you love Him even though He first loved you when no one else would. You are not trying to earn anything because He’d done it all. You only respond to His love by doing good to others.
#2: Are you Obedient to His Commandments?
John 14:15: “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”
This is one of the greatest proofs of genuine salvation. Remember, your obedience is not to be saved because you are saved already but it really does prove that you are saved. How do you go about your Father’s business? Does it matter to you? Do you even know what He commands??
#3: The Necessity of Holiness
Heb 12:14: “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.”
In order to see God, you need to be holy. Now I know this scares a lot of people but then God has stated the condition and there’s nothing any of us can do about it. However, holiness isn’t equal to perfection, rather it depicts a condition wherein you constantly continue to grow in holiness becoming more and more like the Saviour.
#4: How apt are you to forgive others?
Matt 6:14-15: For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
If you really understand what has been done for you, you would be able to quite easily forgive others who wrong you. Do you forgive people when they do you wrong?
#5: The Necessity not to live according to the flesh
Galatians 5:24: And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
You discover you begin to show inappropriate desires for something and you immediately squash it, or do you?
#6: Freedom from the Love of Money (Luke 14:25-33)
Hmmmm!! This is a pretty tough one huh!?! You know, there’s nothing wrong with money and actually a lot of good stuff can be done with it. In fact, it is a necessity. But then, when you just love it and crave and strive to get…uh-oh! How do you feel when you do not have as much of it as you would?
#7: Your love to Christ and God
1 Cor 16:22 –“If anyone does not love the Lord let him be accursed.”
If you are a Christian, you will love the Lord more than anything else -especially money. As a believer, you find yourself consumed in God’s love which you’ll respond to. Do you?
#8: The necessity to love others (Matt 25:40-46)
If you are a believer, you’d love people. Irrespective of who they may be, it has been mandated to love them all. However, note that you’re not being asked to love their sins and be partakers thereof. Just look at the example of Jesus and you’ll get the point.
How are you doing on the test my dear friend? Good? I hope so. I need to pause here to re-examine myself too. These are serious issues to consider.
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Have a blessed day !!