Have you ever wondered if you’re the real thing or not? Are you a woman who slaps a “Christian” label on things when it’s convenient? Or are you the real deal, a true follower of Jesus?
Are we fake or for real?
When I pursue the same things the world pursues, I begin to experience counterfeit Christianity. I live a diluted version of a Christian life instead of the concentrated one. I prefer watered down Christianity because I can still go to church and be popular. Have you ever experienced this?
This slip into artificial living originates from diminished time with God, nominal devotion, pressures begin overriding priorities, and personal holiness is disregarded.
So how do we know if we are true followers of Jesus?
The book of 1 John shows us how we test ourselves.
1. "God is light and there is no darkness in him at all. So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness," (1 John 1:5-6, New Living Translation);
2. "If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness," (1 John 1:8-9 New Living Translation);
3. "If someone claims, “I know God,” but doesn’t obey God’s commandments, that person is a liar and is not living in the truth. But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love him. That is how we know we are living in him," (1 John 2:4-5 New Living Translation);
4. "If anyone claims, “I am living in the light,” but hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is still living in darkness. Anyone who loves another brother or sister is living in the light and does not cause others to stumble," (1 John 2:9-10 New Living Translation);
5. "Anyone who continues to live in him will not sin. But anyone who keeps on sinning does not know him or understand who he is", (1 John 3:6 New Living Translation);
6. If we live in a way that is overly self-focused, have a craving for everything we see, and we have pride in our achievements and possessions, we are not living for God but for ourselves. These things are not from God (see 1 John 2:15-17).
Number 6 is difficult for me sometimes, how about you?
God has given us his Spirit as proof we live in Him and He in us (see 1 John 4:13). Do our lives reflect this? Does a radical gospel inside us produce these characteristics outside us?