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Just ok is not enough
 
Have you ever wondered what you are supposed to be "doing" with your Christian life? If you have been saved, there are ten areas of your life that I would recommend you evaluate yourself on to see what your Christian life is producing. If you have not been saved, it does not matter what "works" you do. They will be of no consequence since you will be appearing at the Great white Throne judgment- already condemned for refusing God's Son as your Savior.
 


God is everything or He is nothing

1. Am I standing up for Jesus?
Matthew 5:11-12 "Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you."
If you are living a Christian life you are going to take some flak. Are you getting insulted, persecuted, and having people talk all kinds of evil against you because you live and talk and believe differently?

2. Am I storing up treasures in heaven?
Matthew 6:19-21 "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
As a Christian we want to invest our resources in building the Church. This means supporting the Church financially with your offerings. If God has blessed you with the ability to make money, do that but keep in mind He is doing that so that you can increase your standard of giving, not just your standard of living.

3. Am I seeking His praise?

Matthew 6:3:18 "But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. This then is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting., but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you." The only praise we should seek is from our Lord and Savior Himself. Truly, no one else matters. If you do what you do to be praised, applauded, flattered by people, that will be the extent of your reward. God has such marvelous rewards waiting for us and the words you want to hear from Him are "Well done good and faithful servant."


4.
Am I loving like Jesus loved?
Luke 6:32-36 "If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even 'sinners' love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even 'sinners' do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even 'sinners' lend to 'sinners' expecting to be repaid in full. But love our enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful."
This is a tough one for most of us. The world teaches us to hate but Jesus teaches us to love. He taught us to suspend our own judgment on people and to leave that to Him at the end. You should not hate just because someone is different than you are, speaks differently, thinks differently, or believes differently. Love them and pray for them that they will come to Christ and become a brother or sister in Christ with you. This does not mean that we are to let people hurt us or kill us or destroy our country because we are trying to love them. When people have rejected the truth of the Word of God, rejected His Son, refuse to act in a civilized manner, intend to do you or your family harm, by all means take defensive action to preserve your life and those around you. There are people in this fallen world who have been given over to a depraved mind and are under Satan's direction. We are to hate evil and to fight it with everything we have.


5.
Am i a benevolent person?
Luke 14:12-14 "The Jesus said to his host, When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, our brothers, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous."When we do things, even good ones, where we expect a payback, there is little gain in that for either party. But when we do things for people who have absolutely no way to ever pay us back, we both gain. You may remember that before you were saved, you were one of the people Jesus talked about in the scripture above. Had it not been for His benevolence, we would have nothing but eternal loss coming our way.

6. Am I an honest worker?
Colossians 3:22-25 "Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord not for men, since you know that you will receive and inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for his wrong and there is no favoritism."Can you honestly say that you are a disciple of Jesus Christ cleverly disguised as a "_________"? You fill in the blank. Are you a secretary, a plumber, a lawyer, a politician, a steelworker, a you name it, that your boss looks at you and says "I wish i had a thousand more just like him or her. They are honest, give it their best, need little supervision, and always finish the job assigned." We can make a difference at work by our example. Are you an example of what the scriptures above call for?

7. Do i defend doctrine?
2John 1:8-11 "Watch out that you do not lose what you have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully. Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bing this teaching, do not take him into your house or welcome him. Anyone who welcomes him shares in his wicked work.'
Doctrine is what the Bible says about any given subject. It is not what you think it is- it is what God says it is in His written revelation, the Bible. There are some core doctrines that we absolutely cannot have any disagreement about and their are some doctrines that are not core doctrines where we may have some differences about. Core doctrines include areas such as: the Bible being inspired, inerrant, and infallible; , the nature of God, who the Trinity is, who Jesus is and what He did; the depravity of man; salvation by grace alone through faith alone through Christ alone; and eternal security of the believer. Once we have sound doctrine on the Bible, God, man, and salvation, we are way ahead of most people. In order for you to know doctrine, you need to read your Bible and stay under the teaching of a Godly preacher. Leave your church if it teaches false doctrine, correct people who misrepresent doctrine, and teach people who don't have a clue about doctrine.

8. Are you an active minister?
1 Thessalonians 2:19 "For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presenc of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you?"
Are you investing yourself in other people in some form of ministry to them? This is not talking about being a paid church staff person but just being involved in a volunteer ministry. You were given spiritual gifts when you were saved and those were given for the building up of the body of Christ- His Church. Are you using those gifts as God intended for you to use them in shepherding people and or in serving people? If not, find out what you can do and get started.

9.
Are you eagerly watching for Christ's return?
2 Timothy 4:8 "Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous, Judge ill award to me on that day- and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing."Are you eagerly waiting for the Lord to return or are you scared to death He will come today? For those who are saved and living the Christian life, we should be excited every day that this might be the day He comes. We want to live in such a way that He will be pleased. We should live in such a way that He will find us doing the work He has assigned us. We should live in such a way that our minds and bodies are alert and that we will be found worthy by Him.

10. Are your motives right?
1 Corinthians 4:5 "Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men's hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from God."

We serve Him because we love Him. We serve Him because He saved us. We serve Him because of the eternal life He has promised us. We serve Him because we want His praise and His rewards. When you appear before the "Judgment Seat of Christ" (judgment of believers) you want Jesus to load you up with all the rewards you can get. Why? Because you want to take all those gifts and place them at His feet and hear His praise of "Well done good and faithful servant.

 The belief that does not save is the belief that does not change the person who believes. Jesus said that if you believe in Him, you would be changed