Many people know the gospel. Maybe they’ve heard the words in the church they grew up in. Or maybe enough people have shared the gospel with them that it finally stuck up there. If you ask them how they know they’re going to heaven they might come up with other requirements first, but with some prodding you can usually get them to repeat that Jesus died on the cross to pay for their sins. The problem is that head knowledge isn’t sufficient.
Romans 10:8-10 (KJV)
8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness…
Just having knowledge of the truth isn’t enough. You need to know it in your heart! There is a change that occurs when you truly believe in your heart that Jesus personally saved you. You stop living for yourself and you start living for the Lord. You’ll see the change and so will others. Your purpose changes from doing that which is pleasing to your flesh to that which is pleasing to the Lord.
Galatians 2:20 (KJV)
20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
It’s not just about knowing the words and being able to repeat them. Memorization has its purpose and we certainly encourage Bible study. However, it’s more important to let God write it on your heart (2 Cor. 3:3) and to be transformed than to know it in your head. When your heart changes your entire walk does. It becomes less about making your decisions based on what you know to be right or wrong and more about simply living your life for the Lord. Your personal Christian walk, your marital walk, your familial walk, and your walk in the world all start moving in the same direction. You can send your kids to Sunday school but if they come home and see you walking in the flesh (sin), there will be no gain. You can go to church each week and pray every night but if the moment you’re done you go back to trusting in yourself, you won’t see fruit. We’ve been put here for a reason; don’t forget that. God has purposed for us to be conformed to the image of His Son, Jesus, since before the foundation of the world so we should strive to glorify Him.
Ephesians 1:4 (KJV)
4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
Romans 8:28-29 (KJV)
28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
All of mankind (1 Tim. 2:4) has been reserved a spot in glory but you have to remember that it is a gift (Eph. 2:8-9; Rom. 5:15-18). Like any gift, it isn’t yours until you reach out and take it. Don’t just know the words. Make a choice! Believe in the finished work of the cross and when you do you’ll be saved by grace and forever identified as righteous. It’s time to make a heart decision. Don’t wait, the day of salvation is now!
2 Corinthians 6:2 (KJV)
2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)
Join us for our weekly Bible study to learn more about the heart choice that God desires you to make.
Wednesdays - 5:30pm in the Rhinelander Goodwill Community Room