All who confess that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God.1 John 4:15 NLT
The confession of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior must be a personal statement. It cannot be blithely said. We must contemplate it, seek it out, and meditate on it until it is a truth that we can hold firmly to no matter the opposition that we may face. The statement of Jesus Christ being our Lord and Savior is the most important thing we will ever say and the one thing that will never cause us regret.
This is a revelation I had in studying 1 John 4:15. I’ve always known it was serious, obviously, but I was impacted by this thought. It was immediately followed up with the question: How is my life a direct reflection of the seriousness of my confession that Jesus is my Lord and Savior?
If someone was to look at my life, would the first thing they see be how serious I am about my relationship with Jesus? Does my daily life reflect the commitment I have made to serve my Lord, to deny myself, take up my cross, and follow Christ? (Matt. 16:24) Am I producing and cultivating fruits of the Spirit and sharing them with others in my everyday life, not just on Sunday? Is there a strong telling that God’s Spirit truly resides in me, not just as a get-out-of-hell-free card?
If anyone wishes to follow Me [as My disciple], he must deny himself [set aside selfish interests], and take up his cross [expressing a willingness to endure whatever may come] and follow Me [believing in Me, conforming to My example in living and, if need be, suffering or perhaps dying because of faith in Me].Matthew 16:24 amp
When I want to react out of anger instead of love, do I recognize the temptation and resist it? Am I willing to express Agape no matter my feelings in that day or moment? Am I not just teaching my children that Jesus is the most important relationship they’ll ever have but also living it out for myself in front of them? Are the threads that make up the tapestry of my life divinely infused?
The beauty of this life is that it is a progressive journey. When we come upon something in our lives that doesn’t meet up with God’s Character, will, or Word, we can bring it before Him and repent of it. He is quick to forgive and will breath new life into that area of death in us.
[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], an that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death,Philippians 3:10 ampc
The truth of Christ as Lord and Savior must be so engrained in our hearts that it is the one thing we hold onto above all else. Jesus Christ begins living in us the moment we make the confession, His life should be more apparent than our own. How Jesus lives in and through us will be different from person to person, but it will all come back in a reflection of His Word. My life as a stay at home wife and mother may look different than that of a mom who works outside of her home, but the core values of our lives will find similarity as a reflection of His Word and Life.
We cannot truly confess that Jesus is Lord and Savior and not expect there to be a change in us and in our lives. If we go in without that expectation then the confession was not made of the heart but only of the lips. It would not be a true confession and would be as important to us as a get-out-of-jail-free card in Monopoly. Important in the moment of need but not a serious play in the game of our life. God is worth more than that.
So, how is my life a direct reflection of the seriousness of my confession that Jesus is my Lord and Savior? I am not saying I am a perfect person. I am far from it. God is the only perfect thing in me and every day I strive to be more like Him. I fall and I fail, but I know my God is a loving God Who takes me by the hand each time, picks me up, and helps me try again. My biggest hope is that at the end of my life, people remember Jesus in me more than they remember me. That His love became my love, that my hands were His hands, that my voice spoke His words, and that my life was a close reflection of His life. That my whole life is one giant arrow pointing to Him. That is the cry of my heart. My one encompassing confession: Jesus is my Lord and Savior and I will live like it.
Because if you acknowledge and confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and in your heart believe (adhere to, trust in, and rely on the truth) that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.Romans 10:9 ampc