The Lord actually searches for faithful people to be His companions. He prefers authentic people who live honorably and respectably, and who serve Him with their whole heart (Psalm 101:6).
He enjoys fellowshipping with us as we pray without ceasing, exhorting us to walk in His ways, disciplining us for crossing the safety barriers that He erects around our life, and gloriously providing for all of our needs (Philippians 4:19).
He even appreciates opportunities to sit with us in companionable silence, or as we praise His name out of the abundance of our heart.
In every church family there are those who are convicted of their sin, but not yet converted from a lifestyle of sin; and also carnal Christians who prefer living for the flesh and their own goals and dreams rather than for the Lord.
Yet, there are also those spiritually maturing Saints who usually put God’s will first each moment of their day. They consult Him before taking any action or volunteering to participate in any activity or ministry that presents itself (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Bearing the fruit of God’s Spirit is the sign of an authentic Christian (Galatians 5:15-25). As doers of the Word, we delight in the life-giving scripture (James 1:22).
Although we grow at differing rates in our spiritual maturity, we will not remain carnal babes all of our life (1 Corinthians 3:1). We gradually grow into the fullness of the stature of Christ who abides within us (Ephesians 4:13).
Father God, if we give in to temptation and sin, we still reap what we sow, and we break Your heart in the process. Every time we sin we are allowing the flesh to control our behavior rather than Your Spirit. Once we are truly saved, we no longer seek our own life, because Christ is our whole life (Colossians 3:3-4). Although we still falter in our behavior from time to time, we no longer live a sinful lifestyle.
Remind us that authentic faith in Jesus produces a life of good works that furthers Your Kingdom in the earth (James 2:14-26; Ephesians 2:8-10). We want to please You with our thoughts, bring You glory with our words, and build Your Kingdom through our actions.
Thought for the Day:
Some people are not actually Born Again, and they are not a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17); they were convicted of their sin, but not converted; they participate in religious activities, which make them feel closer to God and His Saints, but they are not truly saved. – 1 John 2: 19; Matthew 7:21; 25:1-13; John 3:3; 2 Timothy 3:5