I was not only raised in a good church, I was a good kid. I walked the aisle, attended youth group, went to conferences, memorized verses, and even help lead a youth ministry – but I didn't know Jesus. I hadn't truly experienced the life-changing power of God.
Yes, we can be so close and yet so far away from saving faith. The illusion of salvation is so blinding that no one is beyond the reach of its deception. Jesus says that preachers, demon casters, and even Christian workers can claim the name of God...and not be his kids.
Matthew 7:21-23 21 “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.’
Here’s what this means for us practically:
- Don't make "getting to church" the goal for your kids. Settle for nothing less than "their life transformed by the power of Christ".
- Look at how God describes and defines new life (Soak in Gospel of John).
- Resist trying to convince yourself that spiritual activity equals spiritual life.
- Pray for spiritual clarity and freedom from deception. We can pray this, for ourselves and those we love.
- Never stand in judgment over someone's salvation, that's God's job. But do hold high a biblical vision for the power of the gospel.
God bless you in this season. May the life of Christ transform you and those you love!