Satan and his team always knew exactly who Jesus was when they saw him. They recognized Jesus right away and call him the Holy One of God when other people around Jesus were still asking him if he was Elijah or a great prophet. The people in Nazareth tried to kill Jesus because he told them he was the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophesies about a Messiah.
But Satan and his spirits never had any doubts about who Jesus was.
They knew… but they never believed in him.
We can do this, too. We can know all about God in our heads but never accept his free gift of grace in our hearts.
My experience is that most non-believers I’ve talked with believe there is a God. And they don’t have a problem with God…..until something bad happens and he becomes an easy target for their hurt and ager.
Just knowing God doesn’t make anyone a believer. Just like saying a prayer doesn’t make us a believer, either. There needs to be a change in our minds – a change in our hearts. It may not be visible on the outside but God can see the condition of our heart. He knows.
And just believing doesn’t make us a follower. Following is an action. To be a follower, our actions and behaviors and priorities need to be changing. Yes, going to church and tithing are on the list….but not at the top.
Loving God with all of our hearts, minds and souls stands alone as our top priority. With loving others is a close second.
Loving God and loving others. These are the indicators of a true, growing follower of Christ.
So…….how are we doing?