I’ve been praying for and trying to witness to several people over the past few years. Mostly I feel like I’m beating my head against a wall, but I refuse to give up. Here’s my dilemma: 1) they are convinced that because they were baptized at a young age, all is good; 2) they are good people, and because they do good things, all is good; 3) they believe in Jesus, so all is good. Sounds like it shouldn’t be a problem right? Well, this is just the surface…what they “say.” Honestly, the fruit and the life change is not there. Selfishness prevails. Worldly living is the center of their lifestyle. Church is just a building down the road filled with “holy-er than thou” types, so they never darken the doors. Bibles are dust collectors, but always on display. Images of Christ can be found on display and are shared on social media to perfect a mask. These are the fruits that are seen.
I pray and share the words I’m given and get nothing but the regular “I believe in Jesus,” or “I’m a good person” response. From there, I’ve been told, just “live it out.” Well, as a family, we strive to live and walk a Christ-like lifestyle daily. Well, how is that going? Feedback from others is that we are grouped into that “holy-er than thou” bunch. *sigh* That is the opposite of what we strive to model.
Is it possible that the “all you have to do is pray the sinner’s prayer” mentality is falsely convincing some that they are saved?
I’m stumped and open to any fresh ideas.
Deep in my heart I pray there was an actual moment of true confession and repentance in their lives, but I’ve never seen Christ shine through their lives. My heart is so broken for them. The deep, deep desire for them to truly know peace and love as only Christ can give plagues my mind daily.
ABC’s of Salvation – It really is simple, but more than just praying a prayer. With the confession of Christ as Savior and repentance of sin, comes a pledge to change your life. Strive to live as Christ and not the world.
“Dear friends, God is good. So I beg you to offer your bodies to him as a living sacrifice, pure and pleasing. That’s the most sensible way to serve God. Don’t be like the people of this world, but let God change the way you think. Then you will know how to do everything that is good and pleasing to him.” Romans 12:1-2
If you do feel led to pray, connect immediately with a local “Scripture teaching” church. Allow them to walk alongside you in this wonderful time, and help disciple you to grow in faith!