Have you ever felt the need to witness or talk to someone about Christ? Have you ever been placed in a situation where you were needed to witness to a friend or family? If you have had either of these feelings then it is a sure bet you are saved as you are just following the commands of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Matthew 28:18-20 (NASB)
18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
19 "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,
20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
Mark 16:15 (NASB)
15 And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.
If this is to be our marching orders then we must look at them in a deeper level. Make disciples, Preach the gospel, sounds easy enough, and to many in this society we currently live in, it is as simple as having them agree to say the sinner's prayer. If anyone can find this is the way we preach to the world and make disciples please let me know because I have yet to find it. The scriptures are very clear. The gospel is and always has been much more than this. The real truth of the gospel is The Heart. There must be a change of heart. There must be a brokenness in our hearts for all the sins we have ever committed. There must be REPENTANCE. This is simply a complete turnaround of our hearts and minds from the direction we were going, away from God, and going the direction of seeking to please God in all we do.
Romans 6:1-14 (NASB)
1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase?
2 May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?
3 Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death?
4 Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.
5 For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection,
6 knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin;
7 for he who has died is freed from sin.
8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him,
9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him.
10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.
11 Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts,
13 and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.
14 For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace. 15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it never be!
16 Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness?
17 But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed,
18 and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.
19 I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in further lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification.
20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.
21 Therefore what benefit were you then deriving from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the outcome of those things is death.
22 But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life.
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Paul makes it very clear that we are not to live in sin any longer. Period. No living the life as a Christian on Sunday, and living as the rest of world the other days of the week. Unless we repent then we are not truly saved. There is ONLY 1 WAY and it requires a total submission to all His commands and a changed life that is evident to all who observe us. If this is not our heart then we MUST examine ourselves to make sure that we truly are one of God’s children.