To Know and Not to Do
"Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven."1
I like what a Buddhist monk once said, "To know and not to do is not yet to know." To translate that into our Christian language it could read: "To believe and not to act is not yet to believe." In other words, if I say that I believe that without Christ people are eternally lost—and never do anything to help point others to Christ, do I really believe that people without Christ are lost? And if I say that I believe that Jesus is coming again, and that the lost will be left behind—and I never do anything to help introduce them to Christ, do I really believe that Jesus is coming again and that the non-Christians will be left behind?
As another has said, "I don't always act consistently with what I profess, but I always act consistently with what I believe." So "Do I truly believe that people without Christ are eternally lost, or do I just profess it?
As the Apostle Paul said, "It is God himself, in his mercy, who has given us this wonderful work [of telling his Good News to others], and so we never give up."2
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help to believe your Word in my heart and not just in my head, so that I will always act according to what I believe, and not just according to what I profess. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."
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1. Matthew 10:32-33 (NIV).
2. 2 Corinthians 4:1 (TLB) (NIV)