Pastor’s Pen 11/21/2021

Pastor’s Pen 11/21/2021


They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. ” Titus 1:16

We all have met people claiming to be Christians, yet their lives don’t reflect that they belong to Christ. When I coached high school football at James River High School, we took our team to a football camp at the University of Richmond. Mike London, a Christian, was the head coach at the time. He shared with us how important it was for each student that their actions represented their words. He relayed how he once told his players that he couldn’t hear what they were saying because their actions spoke louder than their words.

Some people claim to know God by their words, but their actions speak clearly that they are still slaves to sin. When a person is born again, everything changes. Their first love is now Jesus Christ, and they desire to love what He loves. The sin that they once enjoyed they now understand separated them from Christ. As new creations, believers are now free from the law of sin and death and are now slaves to righteousness. When  we were slaves to sin and children of the devil, we thought we were free but were indeed slaves destined to hell. But, now that we are slaves of righteousness, we have truly been set free (Romans 6).

If you claim to be a Christian and don’t love what Jesus loves, you might want to examine yourself to see if you are in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5).  Jesus loves His bride, the church. If you don’t like gathering with His bride, you might be a pretender (1 John 1:3). If worshiping with Christians on Sunday morning is what you do because you have run out of things to do instead, you might be a pretender (1 John 1:3). If you don’t obey His commands, you might be a pretender (1 John 2:3-5). If you love the things of the world more than Jesus, you might be a pretender(1 John 2:15).

What say you? Do your works reflect that you are a child of God?

Your shepherd,

Pastor Mark





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