When I feed all of my babies, it’s like an assembly line.
A friend of mine laughed at me once at her son’s birthday party because I laid out five plates to travel down the snack line.
A stack a little of this, some of that, maybe more of that for that someone and less for another- depending on who they are.
I know what should be enough for them to be satisfied and so I give just that. The amount i think is right- just enough.
I’ve had many conversations with people over the last year about my faith. One friend in particular asked me, “… but I mean, what’s enough? I say my prayers and I believe in Jesus. I do, but your like Christian-Christian. I couldn’t do what you do.”
And y’all my heart broke.
She didn’t know my life before Jesus, she only new me today. I has so much to share.
I remember asking myself if I was doing enough for the Lord. I thought I was, but it’s not until I knew what I know now that I actually had no idea.
If you’re wondering if you’re really saved you’re in the red zone. Did you make a decision to follow Christ based off of a powerful experience that one time? Or did that one time decision show your life power.
Salvation isn’t showmanship. And there’s no such thing as the really christian Christian. You are.. you pretend to be.. or your not but unfortunately, only two of those matter.
It comes down to saved or not saved.
I wish I had known when I didn’t. The feeling of salvation just cannot be explained. What it’s like to have a real relationship, not just religion, with Jesus can not be explained.
I do know, however what the Lord has laid on my heart over the last few weeks, and that I can explain.
Test these things in your life.
Not every one that says bedtime prayers every day is saved.
“Not everyone who says to me Lord, Lord will enter the kingdom of heaven, but ONLY the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven” Matthew 7:21
This passage goes on to say that when judgement day comes these people will cry out Lord, Lord… “and then I declare to them away, I never knew you.” Matthew 7:23
Not everyone that is in church every time the doors open is saved.
“He said to them, “the scriptures declare, my temple will be called a house of prayer, but you are making it a den of robbers” Matthew 21:13
“They claim to know God but their actions deny him. They are detestable, disobedient, and unfit for good things” Titus 10:26
“If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of truth, no sacrifice for sin is left” Hebrews 10:26
There is a statistic that says 80% of the church is lost. 80%. This is only a few of many examples.
And the most scary one, because it was such a reality in my life, and I’m sure many others is this: Not everyone that stands before the church after having said “the prayer” (y’all know which one) is saved.
“The Lord says, “these people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught” Isaiah 29:13
Salvation is found only in Jesus Christ through true deep eternal repentance. Literally aching over your sin and shortcomings and so very badly wanting, NEEDING, to do better to please the Lord and demonstrate your love for Him in your life.
“Yet now I am happy, not because you are sorry, but because your sorrow led to you to repentance. For you became sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in anyway” 2 Corinthians 7:9
Y’all, the kind of sorry you have to be..hurts. It is the best, worst hurt you will ever experience and that is the easiest way I can tell you. It is painful and liberating all in one sweep.
And you will never ask “I wonder if this is enough again.” You will know.
There are three things you will come to know: Jesus is not a spare tire, Jesus is more than what Blessings He can give, and Jesus is not convenience, He’s covenant.
You have to see Jesus, savor Him, and share Him and you will be so compelled to do all the above.
“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come nor powers nor height nor depth nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” Romans 8:39-39
“You and your promises are trustworthy and you have promised good things to your servants” 2 Samuel 7:28
“Faith by itself, if it’s not accompanied by action, is dead.” James 2:17
Share it. Share Him at every opportunity. Make opportunity.
Jesus said whosoever may believe in me must deny himself daily, pick up his cross, and follow me.
If you’re only preparing a plate to satisfy what you think is enough, only providing certain doses of certain things on only a few plates in not enough places, it’s not enough.
He gave you just the right amount of blood you needed to cover every last wrong you’ve done, all the wrong you will do. Love Him enough to portion the plate properly so that others may begin to serve that plate too.
I love you all so very very much,