Did you know that you could do all the right things according to the Christian life and still not be accepted by God? You could serve the Lord with great love and passion, teach truths from Scripture, faithfully pray for the lost and still be as lost as all who you pray for! You may even surround yourself with sound and true teachers and preachers and still remain separated from God. What is alarming is I have described the majority of what is called ‘the Church.’ There are a people who claim they are blood bought saints of God that no one would ever question, because of their godly conduct. They lead a life that they and others believe to be what constitutes being one of God’s children. Where in truth they are deceived and deceive others and are in danger of being separated from God, forever! They are so close, but yet so very far. How can this be? It is because they may have been taught the things of God – by His Spirit and even be surrounded by His Spirit in the groups and teachers they listen to, but they have never surrendered to God so He would fill them with His Spirit. When a person has the Holy Spirit in them, they will differ from the one who has relied on the Holy Spirit, through another’s work and relationship with God, and one whose life can be described as in Proverbs 4:18:
‘But the path of the just is like the shining sun,
That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day.
God will grow them from the inside out, and their lives will reflect this. And the other will continue to stumble in sin. They may appear to be godly, but they their lives will not bear the fruit of His Spirit:
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Gal 5:22-23a
We will strive to love, according to what God calls us to. Paul describes this kind of love:
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. 1 Cor 13:4-7a
If we profess to be saved, then we should be desiring to know and walk in this kind of love. If we take a look at our interaction with those who are closest to us – in honesty, we will see if we do or do not walk in this kind of love.
Even those of us who have the Spirit in us sometimes assume prematurely one is filled with the Spirit of God just by association, rather than looking for Him in them. As one who is filled with the Holy Spirit there is a continual need in us to ‘stir one another up unto good works’ – Heb 10:24-25, and we will be drawn to fellowship not because it is what is expected but because of Who is in us calls us together! When we dialogue with those who are void of the Spirit, it will be apparent in this context because one has the Living God in them and the other does not.
Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified. 2 Cor 13:5