I often tell my children that there is no “gray” area when we do our Bible studies because it is very important for them to know. For some time now, the Holy Spirit has wanted me to share this message but I did not know how to present it in a manner that will be received well. You see, the problem in our Christian culture today is that there are so many “Christians” in this world with a false sense of security in their salvation. They go through the motions and never live a life of victory. They go to church and many of them even get baptized. However, if you never meant it from the bottom of your heart and soul, then are you truly a new creation? We are all called to be like Christ and this cannot happen if our old selves does not die after our baptism. The teachings of this are very clear in the Bible.
It is written, “But if we [really] walk in the Light [that is, live each and every day in conformity with the precepts of God], as He Himself is in the Light, we have [true, unbroken] fellowship with one another [He with us, and we with Him], and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin [by erasing the stain of sin, keeping us cleansed from sin in all its forms and manifestations],” (1 John 1:7, AMP).
When we are changed and truly born again, we “really” walk in the light. This means that you are no longer talking about your faith but you are walking out your faith. This is an everyday battle against our flesh, the worldly influence around us, and the spiritual warfare that we do not see. We have to be on guard from the moment we wake up until the moment we go to sleep. This is what it means to be “really” walking in the light. Each and every day we must conform to God’s presence and the life and ministry of His son Jesus Christ. When we can do this daily, we can truly enjoy the fruits of having a true and unbroken fellowship with God.
If we cannot meet our issues face to face and give them to Jesus, we are walking around with a stain waiting to be washed away with the blood of Christ. Any of our unrepentant sins places a wedge between us and God. Since God is light and darkness cannot be around light, this means if you continue to go through life without being truly changed, your salvation is not as secure as you may think. You cannot say that your saved and live worldly, justifying yourself by saying that you are better than you were before. However, are you the best version of yourself? Did Christ suffer and die on the cross for our sins so we can live a life in this “gray” area? Either you are in God’s light or your not. You are a son of God or your a son of this world (John 3:17-19).
This message is not meant to judge others because we all fall short, however, knowing that we will fall short does not mean it is a means to justify our actions. When we live a life that is not according to God’s will, we have become false prophets, a wolf in sheep’s clothing. We say that we are Christian and we are not living according to Christ’s sacrifice. This means that you are a child of this world and your salvation is not as guaranteed as you may think. You see, when we do not live according to God’s will, we are no longer in His presence. The fruits of His Spirit start to leave our lives and we become something that we do not want to be, stagnant and hardened of heart.
So please, take some time and reflect on your walk with Christ. Are you living according to His word and teachings or have you began to compromise. If you have begun to compromise, please remember that we live “in” this world but are not “of” this world once we are a new creation (John 17:6-19). Reflect on your words, thoughts, and actions. Are they filled with positivity and love or are they not? Do you love your neighbor and your enemies or are you being unforgiving? Are you living a life worthy of getting into heaven or not? It is that simple. Either you are in light or in darkness. There is no gray area in the Kingdom of God.
Let us finish with a simple prayer. Father, I pray that you provide each and every one of us the discernment to know if we are living according to will. If we are, please continue to encourage us and guide us through your Spirit so that we can grow ever closer to you. If we are not, I pray that you can break the chains and kick down the doors of our misconceptions of salvation Father. I pray that all of us can have a genuine fellowship with not only you but one another Father, However, this is not possible if we have not truly become yours and let go of who we used to be. In Jesus name, I pray, Amen!