Do You Really Believe?
Romans 10:9, 10
“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
Back when the Romans still ruled, this verse carried much more weight than it does today. When a person made a profession of faith publicly, they were most likely going to suffer for it. I have even heard that at times, when a believer was baptized, as soon as they came out of the water their names were written down, and they would lose their Roman citizenship, their possessions and many lost their lives also. Does your profession of faith posses that much sacrifice?
Think about it, the willingness to sacrifice everything proved the genuineness of their belief in Jesus and His teachings.
Does our profession prove itself true by our actions? You might say, “I don’t have a chance to prove it because we are free to worship here in the US, but my answer to all is that yes, if we say we believe, and confess it to others, then our sacrifice should be just as great as those of the first century. Do you believe in Jesus enough to sacrifice your love of sin and lust, do you love His word so much that you will do anything to obey it, even at the cost of your reputation, money, fame, a loved one or girlfriend, will you follow Christ even at the price of being mocked by others because you desire to live in holiness before God?
If the answer is no, then I would question whether you truly have faith unto salvation, even if you prayed a sinners prayer a few times in your life. Mankind has turned this Scripture into a little antidote for becoming “saved”, but I never once saw Jesus lead anyone into a “sinner’s prayer”. Rather, He preached the powerful convicting Words of God, and even told us to count the cost of following Him. If we would follow in His footsteps, we would have a lot less ” decisions” to boast about, but a lot more genuine conversions, with transformed hearts and minds by the power of God.
Love in Christ Jesus, Jonathan Ball