One Step Further/One Step Closer

ONE STEP FURTHER "...if you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved." (Romans 10:9-10) Jesus said, "Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven. Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword." (Mt 10:32-34)

Is it enough to proclaim our faith to other Christians? Or is our salvation in jeopardy if we do not go one step further and proclaim our faith to those outside the body of Christ? Witnessing can be frightening. But it is even more frightening to think that Jesus might disown us, if we disown Him when we don't want to "make waves" by talking religion. Like Jesus said, He did not come to bring peace, but to stir things up between the believer and the unbeliever.

ONE STEP FURTHER "If we confess our sins, He (Christ) is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9) Now let's take confessing our sins one step further. "Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective." (James 5:16) When we refuse to confess our sins, we are a stumbling block to those who wish to unite with the body of Christ. Sinners are afraid of being rejected by a church that admits to doing no wrong.

TWO STEPS FURTHER Paul went two steps further. He confessed the name of Jesus AND his sins. "Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners -- of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life." (1 Tim 1:13-16)

ONE STEP CLOSER Every time we go a step or two further in our Christian walk, we are a step or two closer to God.

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