Many people claim to follow Jesus, but John gives us a stark warning about claiming to be someone we are not. The result will be devastating. Self-deception is very serious. How do you know that you are not self deceived? The Scripture says that a person who has repented will show it by living it out.
The word “repentance” suggests a person who has turn from a life without God to one who lives for Him.
Who would Jesus see if He would stand in front of you looking into your eyes and seeing your soul? Will your soul reflect Jesus Christ, or just you? Your soul is a mirror, and when Jesus stands in front of you, He wants to see Himself in you. If He sees only you, then you don’t belong to Him, showing that you don’t live out who you say you are. But, if Jesus sees Himself, then you are living according to His Word and doing His will.
In verse 9, reality sinks in and states that if your life is not mirroring the life of Jesus, you will be condemned and cast into the Lake of Fire. Jesus wants you to repent and change your life of sin into a life of righteousness as found in the Scriptures. He wants to bless you and reward you for obeying Him. How can He do those things if you are living in rebellion and sin?
As a Christian, are you preparing yourself for battle against the demonic forces who will eventually come to you? Remember, your faith is what they are looking to take from you. If you are not walking in the ways of the Lord, you are a sitting duck for the enemy.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. -Ephesians 6:10
Jesus Christ saves us to accomplish His will and for us to be more like Him, living in righteousness. He also equips us with weapons and armor not to sit on the sideline but to face the enemy head on. A Christian that does not take his Christian walk seriously is more like a duck. He has become an easy target and is defenseless.
A duck has nothing to defend itself with. It has no teeth to bite, no claws to tear you to shreds or any other way to fight off predators. All that a duck can try to do is fly away for safety. If the hunter is a human, the duck might not get very far. I don’t think that a duck can escape a bullet. If we don’t put on the Full Armor of God, we will truly be a sitting duck. We won’t be able to hide or run for safety. Believers are not saved to run away from the enemy but rather, to face them in the battlefield.
Even if you are accompanied by other believers who are not living the Christian life, you will be more of a target. No one will be able to help each other because everyone will be the same, defenseless.
I hope that you will see that being in God’s Word and in prayer will make you become stronger in the Lord. It will also equip you with the Full Armor of God.
Don’t be a sitting duck. Be strong in the Lord.
Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. -Ephesians 6:11
For those who are in Jesus Christ and believe in the truth of God’s Word
11 And do this because we know the time, that it is already the hour for us to awake from sleep, for our salvation is now nearer than when we became believers. 12 The night has advanced toward dawn; the day is near. So then we must lay aside the works of darkness, and put on the weapons of light. 13 Let us live decently as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in discord and jealousy. 14 Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh to arouse its desires.-Romans 13:11-14
The closer we get to Christ, through His Word and prayer, the more we become like Him. The sinful desires within our flesh will be weakened and our passion for God’s will, shall be ignited and set on fire.
Make an effort every day to seek the Lord Jesus Christ.