A lot of people in South Africa claim to be Christians and proclaim their loyalty to God. Thousands of them profess to love the Lord Jesus Christ. The purpose of this post is to challenge such claims by doing a litmus test using scripture to see if it is true or false.
Who Love the Lord Jesus Christ?
Jesus told his disciples, according to the Gospel of John chapter 14:15 “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” And also John emphasizes this on his first epistle, “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.” (1 John 5:3). A person who love Christ will keep His commandments and such commandments will not be grievous. The word of God would not be seen as a luxury but as a necessity to them.
What are the commandments of Christ?
The Lord Jesus Christ taught and said, “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.” (John 13:34) If one loves the Lord Jesus Christ, they would show that by loving other Christians. To love christians is not just telling them that you love them but it is ensuring their growth and safety by means of constant communication which involves encouraging, reproving, instructing and warning them. Loving other could also mean to look into those who are in need and share that which you have.
Today, Christians are seeking and providing food and clothing to unbelievers and neglecting their Christian brothers and sisters who lack these things. Jesus did not say the world would see that we are Jesus’ disciples if we feed the world but if we “love one another” as Christians. If feeding unbelievers and starving Christians is today’s means of evangelism then we have strayed from the word of God and have denied the faith.
The Lord Jesus Christ shows us a scene on Judgment day, when he shall separate the goats from sheep. (Matthew 25:31-46) He will judge everyone according to what they did to Him, i.e “I was a hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: naked, ye clothed me: I was sick and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.” And then they all protest, “when did we do these things?” The Lord will reply, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”
Who are Jesus’ brethren?
There was a time where it told to Jesus that his mother and his brothers desired to speak to him outside and He looked at his disciples and said, “My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it.” (Matthew 12:46-49, Mark 3:31-34, Luke 8:19-21) Jesus’ brethren are those who hear the word of God and do it. If we love and look after such we have done it to the Lord Jesus Christ.
It is not our business to bribe the world to come to Christ by feeding or clothing it. Our business is to preach the gospel and make nations disciples (Mathew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15-16) and to feed the flocks of God (John 21:15-17). There is no blessing in feeding rich and thieving pastors but there is a blessing in feeding, clothing and attending to people who are on the mission to carry the gospel of Jesus Christ to the far ends of the world at all costs, even the cost of their lives.
We are not called to build enormous church buildings but we are sent forth to make disciples. Many big church buildings are full of people who will end up in hell anyway because they love not the Lord! They are selfish arrogant whiners who think God is their servant that will deliver to their hand what ever they command Him to deliver.
Do you truly love the Lord Jesus Christ? Keep his commandments!! Share the gospel with sinners, support missions with your prayers, financial supports or even with literature like bibles and gospel tracts!
Here are some of the missions to support and pray for: