According to John, our belief in Jesus is what gives us eternal life. It has to be belief in Who He is and the atonement that He provided for us through His sacrifice on the cross. He was the perfect Lamb of God that provided a sacrifice with all of the requirements to pay for the entire world’s sins. He provided a way for everyone to be reconciled to God by our belief in Him and His sacrifice. It is that belief that must be more than just belief in Him as a person but in Him as your Savior. Many people, if not most, have heard of Jesus and know Who He is or Who He claims to be but they don’t believe that He is their Savior. They don’t believe that He is the Son of God and the Messiah, their Messiah.
Jesus is mentioned in Islam and in their holy book but only as a prophet and nothing more. Yet many are coming to a saving knowledge of Him by seeing Him in their dreams and He is telling them Who He is and that they need Him as their Savior. God knows who will commit their life to Him and who will not and many of those who swore that they would never know Jesus are becoming followers of Him anyway. Because He is seeking them in their dreams and explaining to them their part in His Kingdom.
All of us have a part to play in His Kingdom and He is calling all of us to come to Him for our salvation. All we have to do is to accept Him as our Savior when we feel the touch and the conviction of the Holy Spirit in our lives. That conviction tells us that we can’t be a part of His Kingdom without giving our hearts to Jesus. I pray that everyone who feels it will give their hearts to Jesus.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
Romans 1:16-17 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/rom.1.16-17.KJV
Christians should not be ashamed of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He came to Israel to preach and tell them the good news of the Kingdom of God and they didn’t believe in Him or His message. They wanted a conqueror. Someone who would vanquish Rome and bring the Kingdom to Israel. It is coming but only after they have finally learned Who He is.
God loves each of us but He doesn’t like our sinful lives and our prideful lifestyles. We believe that we can live any way we want to and then He will take us in any way and that is not how it works. We must give our hearts and our lives to Jesus and repent of our sins…all of them. We can’t hold on to even one little sinful thought or action in our lives. Our entire being must be given to Him and then with the help of the Holy Spirit of God, we can live our lives as close to Him as possible.
See, we can’t live a Christian life without the Holy Spirit. As a matter of fact, we won’t even give our hearts to Him and become Christian without the Holy Spirit convicting us of our need for Jesus Christ as our Savior. It takes the grace of God that gives us the faith to believe through the Holy Spirit in the Savior, Jesus Christ. The entire Godhead is at work in salvation because each of us who is called by Him is important to Him. Why? Because there is someone that we can take our witness to who will listen to us more than they will to anyone else.
A friend of mine, Jesse Gilbert, considers himself to be saved. Yet, his life doesn’t reflect it. I pray that God will get his attention and bring him to know Jesus before it is too late. Do I know his heart? No, only God knows that. But I pray that he will change his life soon.