Jill Savoye has a deep and abiding passion for Jesus and a desire to live authentically in His grace. It is such a joy to welcome her as a guest blogger today …
A Guest Post by Jill Savoye
This world is filled with empty promises. The latest and the greatest gimmick to help make us happier, thinner, have less wrinkles or become wealthier quick.
Which ones appeal to you?
Talk is cheap.
Most of these “guarantees” are far from the truth. Reality tells us that these boasts are hollow. Kind of like a politician around election time who tells you exactly what you want to hear to earn your vote. Sound familiar?
Christians also can make similar claims. They profess to be followers of Christ, yet cling to the world and what it values. They go to church on Sunday and listen to God’s Word as if the pastor is the quarterback calling the plays for the week. They cheer and get excited. But when they go home, they continue sitting on the bleachers as spectators.
The proof of genuine faith is a changed life.
Many “Christians” have intellectual assent where they agree with what Christianity teaches and even go through some of the motions — living and looking like a Christian on the outside. They learn the “Christian lingo” and speak it. They clean up well, if you know what I mean. But a dirty cup that’s only cleaned on the outside is still dirty on the inside.
True faith transforms our conduct as well as our thoughts.
If our lives remain unchanged, we don’t truly believe the truths we claim to believe.
I remember in my early twenties when I was seeking the Lord hard. I was going to church, started reading the Bible and started to talk the talk. I wore a Christian fish necklace proudly. Yet, I was still bar hopping, had a gutter mouth, was in deep depression and manipulating my body to be skinny through bulimia. I could have fooled anyone at a glance. A friend of mine, who was not a Christian at the time, called me to the carpet. He held my Christian fish necklace in his hand and said, “What is this? Why do you even wear that?” I was mad. Until, I paused to see the truth in his words.
I was living on both sides of the fence. Drawn to the Spirit, yet holding on to the world and its ways. I was a pretender. Maybe even a want-to-be Christian.
Followers of Christ change.
Not because they are better. They start following His ways and His principles instead of their own and what the world around them says.
This was a turning point for me. I began to see my life for what it really was. Empty. I liked what Christianity stood for, but was still my own authority.
James says in 1:22-25 “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who looks at his face in the mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.”
God is the potter and we are His clay. He molds us slowly into His image IF we yield to Him.
Accepting God’s wisdom will affect your thoughts, your speech and your actions.
Genuine faith is a way of life that produces loving actions towards others.
Genuine faith grows.
Go to the well and drink from the Spring of Life.