Whenever you experience something unbelievable, the natural thing for you to do next is to tell somebody, right? We’ve all done that. Whether it’s a vacation spot, restaurant, or something that makes life easier or more efficient. One of the ways you know you’re really a Christ follower is that you have a desire to help others connect to the God who has transformed your life.
I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective and powerful because of your accurate knowledge of every good thing which is ours in Christ.
What are those good things?
1. Forgiveness of Sins (1 John 1:9).
2. Peace & Joy (John 14:27 & John 16:24).
3. Fulfilling Life – Quantity & Quality (John 10:10).
4. Security (1 John 5:11-12).
5. Confidence (Philippians 4:13).
Anyone who is connected with God will experience these benefits. Anyone who is experiencing these benefits will want the people they know to experience and enjoy them also.
Jesus said, “Follow me and I will make your fishers of men.” Basically, He is saying follow me and I will help you connect others to me.
So how do you know if you are following Jesus? You are helping others connect with God. If this is not true, you must examine whether or not you are truly connected with God or just a religious person.
Many people who claim to be connected with God point to some event in the past to substantiate their claim that they are a follower of Jesus Christ. But inviting Jesus to come into your life in the past is not proof that you are genuinely saved.
In 2 Corinthians 13:5, Paul says to the Corinthian church: “Examine yourselves, whether you are in the faith; prove yourselves." He wouldn't have said that if some event in the past was the answer.
The Bible never verifies anyone's salvation by the past, but by the present. If there is no evidence of salvation in your life right now, you need to face the fact that you may not be a Christian. You need to examine yourself to see whether you are in the faith. How does one do that? Jesus shows us in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7).