Friday, March 23, 2007
A Tune-up for Your Life
“For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit.”
People can talk all day about their love and deep sense of devotion for God, but the proof is in the pudding, so to speak. If you are a real Christian, if you have really asked Christ into your life, there will be evidence.
So here are a few tune-up questions we should ask ourselves as believers:
Do I obey the Word of God? We can’t obey it if we don’t know what it says. So first, we need to read it. Are we keeping His commandments?
Do I reject this world system that is hostile to God? When a person becomes a Christian, he or she sees this world for what it is, because his or her priorities have changed.
Do I eagerly await Christ’s return? If we truly are followers of Christ, we will look forward to the day when He will come again.
Do I see a decreasing pattern of sin in my life? That is not to say true Christians will not sin, because they will. But there is a difference between continuing in sin and trying to sin less and less.
Do I love other Christians? Jesus said, “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35). If we are children of God, then we will love His people, and we will love to be around them.
You might be thinking, After that little list, I don’t think I measure up. But I don’t measure up in every way either. There is always room for improvement. That is why it’s good to periodically tune up our lives to see whether we are doing what we ought to do.
For more relevant and biblical teaching from Pastor Greg Laurie, go to www.harvest.org.
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