We’ve all been offered Jesus. We’ve been offered His saving blood, His forgiveness, eternity with Him. (John 3:16)
He came. He died. He stands with open arms ready to save all who will call on His Name to forgive their sins and cleanse them from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
He is the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except by Him. (John 14:6)
The thing is, for every person reading these words, and every life on this planet, Jesus is either your Savior and Lord, or He is not.
You are either following Him, or you are not.
And you know if you are, or you are not.
You know if you live with a desire to obey Jesus and give glory to Him, or if you are denying Him and going your own way.
You know if you have surrendered all of your life to all you know of Him, or if you’ve held back and denied Him access to certain parts.
You may not say it out loud, but you may be thinking “You can have some of my life, but Jesus, you are denied access to my sex life, my finances, the way I conduct my business, the way I talk to my husband. “
The Bible tells us, “If we deny Him, He will also deny us.” (2 Tim 2:12)
Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness” (Matt 7:21-23)
These are sobering words, worthy of careful prayerful attention.
The truth is, we can go through the motions but have hearts far from Him that are, in reality, denying Him.
Yes, we are all going to still sin as long as we live in these human bodies, but if we can continually, as a lifestyle, choose to do things God calls sin, and refuse Jesus access to those areas of our lives, we have denied Jesus.
“For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries. Anyone who has set aside the law of Moses dies without mercy on the evidence of two or three witnesses. How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has trampled underfoot the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace? For we know him who said, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge his people.” it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. (Heb 10:26-31)
Oh friend, it is rarely preached in our anything goes, grace-heavy, truth light culture— but it is indeed “a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God”!
In his last letter, Paul warns us, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness. And their message will spread like cancer. Hymenaeus and Philetus are of this sort, who have strayed concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection is already past; and they overthrow the faith of some. Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” (2 Tim 2: 15-19)