Did you receive the benefit of Jesus? You know the salvation of the one true God. Before you answer let tell you why I ask this question. You see I know a lot of people who would say they are very thankful for Jesus. The problem is they do not take Jesus or His gift serious. The very lives they live reflect the world and rebellion towards God. Let me ask you a question. What is wrong with this statement, “I have Jesus in my life?” Read it again and think for a moment. Nowhere in the Bible does it ask you to have Jesus in your life. However all through the Bible you are told your life should be Jesus. In other words you devote your existence to God. I believe today we as Christians tend to marinate with the culture and add Jesus when we feel the need. We call this a pocket Jesus at NSBC. In other words when you need a Jesus fix you whip Him out, Jesus I do not want to go to hell, or Jesus I lost my Job, and Jesus there’s this sickness, but when things are going your way Jesus is placed on a shelf until needed. I mean sure we pay Jesus lip service, but our lives show who we really serve, our selves.
Back to the am I thankful question? Do you truly understand the Holiness of God? I mean what Jesus did was take the wrath of God towards us and placed it upon himself. Check out Isaiah 53: 4-10, John 3:36, or Romans 5:9. We according to Scriptures deserve God’s wrath for our sin against God. We all have lied, stolen, lusted, hated, and been envious. We don’t sin and say I am a sinner we sin because we are sinners. Jesus said to follow him we must die to self pick up the cross, Matthew 10:38, Mark 8:34, Luke 9:23, and John 12:24-26. In fact in Luke 14:26-36 Jesus said count the cost. The cost being your life completely devoted to Jesus. There are those who say they belong to Jesus, but there life is devoted to their selves and they are in danger for they have not received the benefit of Jesus to be thankful. The scary thing these people are the ones in church doing the ministry. Don’ believe me read Matthew 7:22-23, “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord. Have we not prophesied in your name, cast out demons in your name, and done many wonders in your name? And I will declare I never knew you; depart from me you who practice lawlessness” (NKJV). These people were thankful for Jesus and even did a lot of ministry, but did you notice they never truly received the benefit of Salvation. Jesus said they practice lawlessness. In other words Jesus was in their life, but not their life.
The apostle John explains it like this, “If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth” (1 John 1:6, NKJV). IN other words you still were living a sinful life loving your sin with no remorse or regret. There is no life change, no fruit of the Spirit Galatians 5:22-24. The word walk in the text means continuous, no true repentance, no real hunger for God. You’re just living the way you always have, for yourself, not for God a continual walking in darkness your sin. That’s what happened to those in Matthew 7 they loved their sin more than Jesus and thought just because they called Jesus Lord they were his. So are you really thankful, or just paying lip service?