This weekend my wife and I watched a movie called “Do you Believe” and there was one line in the movie that burned itself into my memory and it really got me thinking :

“If you were accused today of being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?”

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A Powerful line indeed. Think about it carefully before you answer yourself!

I know the bible says that we will not be saved by our works, (Ephesians 2:8) –“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God

But in the same vain, your actions, your lifestyle and the way others see you are also very important, because, in my opinion, when you are saved and become a Christian, you also become an ambassador for Christ.

Matthew 5:16 ESV – “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

The Biblical definition of “good works” is not merely “good deeds”. Biblical “good works” encompass every aspect of our thinking and conduct before God. The Christian’s good works are rooted in Christ and have cosmic purposes that God ordained before the world began.

Every Christian needs to remember a vital fact about good works: Christ is the root, good works are the fruit. That is the proper order. Christians aren’t Christians because of their good works. Christians are Christians because they believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. That’s the order. Christ comes first — the preeminent Christ. He takes up residence in the heart of the believer, and good works result.

Christians are able to be fruitful in good works, bringing forth fruit that is pleasing to God, because of our position in Christ. That’s what Paul tells the Colossian believers. Look back just a few verses to Colossians chapter one, beginning at verse four. It is because of “your faith in Christ Jesus and your [resulting] love for all the saints; because of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel, which has come to you, as it has also in all the world, and is bringing forth fruit, as it is also among you since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth.

I ask you again :

“If you were accused today of being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?”

chad