Denying Christ by our actions
According to the words of the Lord Jesus Christ, it is possible to profess by our words to know Him as Lord and yet deny Him as Lord by our actions.
"And why call ye me, Lord, Lord and do not the things which I say?" (Luke 6:46)
In other words, actions do speak louder than words.
Many when asked if they are Christians reply, "I just live by the Sermon on the Mount."
Now that is a very interesting reply.
Christ never taught one is saved by living according to the Sermon on the Mount.
Nothing could be clearer from the teaching of scri pture than the fact that we are not saved by works, but by faith in the person and work of Christ.
That doesn’t mean we should not strive to live according to the precepts which are taught by Christ.
We are to endeavor to live according to His revealed will, not to be saved, but because we are saved.
Having said that, we should add that the true followers of Christ ought to exercise great care not to profess one thing verbally and at the same time essentially deny it by their actions.
For example, Christ in the Sermon on the Mount taught this precept: "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you." (Mat 6:33)
That by the way is both a precept and a promise.
As to the precept, simply stated, that which is to have the highest priority in our lives is God.
In all our endeavors, we are to acknowledge God as the One to whom we are accountable.
Here is a very sobering fact.
Even when there is a verbal acknowledgment of God and that He is absolutely sovereign in the affairs of men, yet it is possible to live as if there were no God.
All of us have a tendency to determine those areas of our life in which we will acknowledge God.
We seek His blessing in some things, but not in all things.
We trust Him in certain types of crises, but in others prefer to "tough it out."
We look to God for the supply of some needs, but not all our needs.
In some areas of our lives we conduct ourselves as Christians, in other areas, as atheists.
We are to seek God first in every detail.
Whether it is a need or some trial, the true child of God must endeavor to acknowledge that God is in control and that He knows what is best. We must not have God as our last resort, but as our first.
He is our Creator and the One who sustains our lives.
The Apostle James tells us, " Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good thing bestowed and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation, or shifting shadow."