It is one thing to talk the talk, however it is another thing to walk the walk. As Christians we are called to do both, because that allows us to be a true witness for Jesus.
You can memorize the whole Bible and be able to quote chapter and verse at the drop of a hat, but if you do not apply any of it, none of that matters.
The enemy uses religiousness to keep people in chains thinking they are free; a good example of this would be the Scribes and the Pharisees of Jesus’s day. These were very learned individuals knowing the letter of the Law, but not really understanding the true application of it.
This is why Jesus was so harsh with them, because they should have own better and their lifestyle’s were not a reflection of their confusion:
Mat 23:13 “How terrible it will be for you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door to the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. You don’t go in yourselves, and you don’t allow those who are trying to enter to go in.
Mat 23:14 “How terrible it will be for you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You devour widows’ houses and say long prayers to cover it up. Therefore, you will receive greater condemnation!
Mat 23:15 “How terrible it will be for you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to make a single convert, and when this happens you make him twice as fit for hell as you are.
Mat 23:16 “How terrible it will be for you, blind guides! You say, ‘Whoever swears an oath by the sanctuary is excused, but whoever swears an oath by the gold of the sanctuary must keep his oath.’
Mat 23:17 You blind fools! What is more important, the gold or the sanctuary that made the gold holy?
Jesus was trying to show them how their religious activities meant nothing if their lifestyle did not reflect their confession.
Many of the WORKS based religions like Islam, Jehovah’s Witnesses and some Christian denominations are so caught up in the qualification of getting to heaven through works that they miss out on a true understanding of the grace of God and the fact that it is this grace that has given us the free gift of salvation through the finished work of the cross through Christ Jesus.
We know that the Bible says Faith without works in dead, however you have to read the right context of that passenger of scripture:
Jas 2:14 Faith is Shown by Actions
What good does it do, my brothers, if someone claims to have faith but does not prove it with actions? This kind of faith cannot save him, can it?
Jas 2:15 Suppose a brother or sister does not have any clothes or daily food
Jas 2:16 and one of you tells them, “Go in peace! Stay warm and eat heartily.” If you do not provide for their bodily needs, what good does it do?
Jas 2:17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it does not prove itself with actions, is dead.
Jas 2:18 But someone may say, “You have faith, and I have actions.” Show me your faith without any actions, and I will show you my faith by my actions.
So in the right context, it is not the actions that saves a person and gets them into heaven, but the actions are a result of them being saved.
This is why none of us can boast about what we do, because what ever we do, it is God working through us and it is not that work that has saved us:
Eph 2:8 For by such grace you have been saved through faith. This does not come from you; it is the gift of God
Eph 2:9 and not the result of actions, to put a stop to all boasting.
Eph 2:10 For we are God’s masterpiece, created in the Messiah Jesus to perform good actions that God prepared long ago to be our way of life.
So with all of that said, how does our life reflect our confession? Are we Sunday Christians or Christians 24/7
Does our private life reflect our public life?
Are we quick to see the faults in other people but not willing to repent of the faults and mistakes in our own lives?
Do we believe the Bible to be true or just the parts that are convenient for us?
Jesus said these words:
“If you love me, keep my commandments.
John goes onto to say this:
1Jn 2:3 This is how we can be sure that we have come to know him: if we continually keep his commandments.
1Jn 2:4 The person who says, “I have come to know him,” but does not continually keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth has no place in that person.
1Jn 2:5 But whoever continually keeps his commandments is the kind of person in whom God’s love has truly been perfected. This is how we can be sure that we are in union with God:
So does your life reflect your confession?
Parallel Business Principals
Does you actions reflect your WHY?
Every one of us who started our Reliv business had a specific reason for starting, so are our actions reflecting our WHY? If it isn’t then who are we really kidding?
Your WHY is the thing that will motivate you when things get a bit challenging and your WHY will keep you focused on your vision.
Success is never convenient but it is always a result of true commitment and dedication.
So many people start their Reliv business and then quit it, they then try to justify that the business did not work for them. However when you really look at what happened, it was them that did not really work the business correctly. The result of wrong actions being done consistently over time is failure.
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