Do you know God? If you answered, and proclaim to be a Christian, more likely than not you said yes, almost without thought no doubt. That question is such an important question, yet when asked, an answer is not always well thought out. Is that to say that “yes” is the wrong answer to the question? Perhaps, it may be. Let the Bible explain.
I John 2:3 – And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
Do you know God? Is your answer different than when asked the first time? God draws a line between having the title of a Christian and actually living up to the title of a Christian through service and obedience to God. Reading on in the passage:
I John 2:4 – He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
Going to church Sunday morning, Sunday evening, Wednesday night, and whenever the doors are open does NOT make you a “good” Christian, and does NOT exempt one from obeying the commands of God. The same goes with any Christian ministry. The only standard that God places on Christians to be what man calls a “good” Christian, is to keep His commandments, not serving in bus ministry, or working in the nursery, or going to church every time the doors are open.
This is not to say that any of the previously mentioned activities are bad. Through keeping God’s commandments, a Christian will most likely be serving in ministry and going to church regularly. But man is not to judge a Christian as unfit for Christian service because he misses a service. Paul judged John Mark unfit for ministry and Paul eventually admitted that he was wrong (recall II Tim. 4:11). Men ought not to judge other men, as Jesus says in Matthew 7:1-3.
Matthew 7:1-3 – Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
Do you know God? Are you keeping his commandments? Are you judging others? Judging others is something Christians are commanded not to do. Do you want to obey God today?
I John 2:5-6 – But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.