Confession alone is not complete for our healthy development as Christian into mature sons and daughters of God, while we wait for Jesus to return.
We all started here –
For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
But that is just the beginning of our journey of faith with Jesus. We need to go further and be wise steward of our time and resource –
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”
These words recorded in the Gospel of John were spoken by Jesus Himself and it is best we take heed.
Jesus addressed “darkness”, “evil deeds” and “wicked things” present here on earth, in this world we are living in and they still exist.
How should we response?
Live in isolation? No, but we learn to expose the works of darkness, reject them, walk and live in the light and truth of Jesus.
Jesus and the Apostles addressed “sin” like no other religion, and for the most part people don’t like to hear “sin” mentioned.
A common Evangelistic message for the lost soul is that we are separated from God and we need to return to God through Jesus.
Yes and true but the problem is there are plenty of people who think they have their choices and prefers to remain separated from God. But one way or another all of us will meet God when and after we die.
Let’s do a fact check here. This separation from God is not a freedom of choice, but a result of disobedient and rebellion.
In the beginning when God created the heavens and the Earth, there was no religions, no philosophy, no meta-physical understanding about God. There was no such thing as the theory of evolution with regards to the origins of mankind!
Man was a unique and deliberate creation of God to represent His image and authority here on earth.
God and Man spoke face to face in reality and in presence, like we would go for a business conference or a high profile diplomatic engagement.
We knew what happen in the Garden of Eden, mankind was separated from God due to disobedient and rebellion. Means to say, we are supposed to return to God through obedience and trust.
Our confession means a change of heart first and foremost. We believed and accept the fact we rebelled against God’s plan, purpose and commandments.
We are sinners before God and we are at fault.
Next, our conversion process will teach us to renounce disobedient and rebellion against the plan and purpose of God and to live according to the teachings and commandments of Jesus –
Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
The next difficult thing we need to work on is to change our mind because this means to change our practices and habits –
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
People have become creatures of habits, this have been a root problem why people after confession and conversion are still stuck with old ways and mentalities of doing things.
This is where we address our “practices”.
This is where we subject ourselves to character molding, changes, transformation and renewal, by the conviction of the Holy Spirit, through consistent knowledge and understanding of the words and teachings of Jesus.
Imagine most of us from childhood having gone through years of educations and growing up to professional training, the average age of university graduates is about 20 years old. We are stuck with a whole lot of worldly teachings and doctrines in our heads.
Now with regards to our spiritual growth with Jesus, we are dealing with things of eternal values, how much more important and priorities we should give attention to it!
Effective Christian educations are fundamental in producing mature sons and daughters of God, and this is one important area many churches are still struggling with.
We don’t give up! We need to put in more effort!
All we need is consistency and persistent.
We need to promote consistent spiritual disciplines.
The enemies of the cross, the opponents of Jesus, those who are against doing the will of God, they will attack and destroy discipleship program. But we take our commandments from Jesus our Lord and Savior –
18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
That’s right; there is no other authority higher than that of Jesus.
Therefore if Jesus gave us the authority and commandments to make disciples, let’s do it.
Discipleship is a faith movement of producing mature sons and daughters of God.
Effective Christian education is a faith movement of trust and obedience to Jesus.
Confession, conversion and practice are acts of faith.
The church of the living God is a faith movement, not a religion.
As Christians, we are people of faith!
Faith to trust and obey Jesus