As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation. —II Corinthians 6:1-2

Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. —I Corinthians 15:1-5

Have you truly believed the gospel of Jesus Christ or have you “believed in vain?” As it has been said, “If you went to court for being convicted for being a Christian, for being a follower of Jesus, would there be enough evidence to convict you?” Do others all around you know you are a follower of Jesus—your neighbors, co-workers, fellow students, friends, neighbors, and strangers? Who in your network of relationships have heard the gospel from your lips or received the gospel through your hands? Do they see a difference in your life by the way you live for Jesus? Proverbs 27:2 says, “Let someone else praise you, and not your own mouth; an outsider, and not your own lips.” Has anyone ever praised you, thanked you or acknowledge you because of your walk with Jesus? Has anyone seen the evidence in your life that you truly know the Lord Jesus? They may not agree with you, but they know that you sincerely believe. Have you truly believed or have you believed in vain? Do you believe? If so, rejoice in knowing the King of kings and the Lord of lords, in being able to serve Him now and the glory of an eternal Heaven before us. If you have not truly believed… call on the Name of Jesus now, turning from your own ways to follow His ways as revealed in His Word, asking Him to forgive your sin and make you a child of God— “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13).

Thank You my Heavenly Father for the salvation and life You have given me through Jesus. Now, may I become what You desire and obediently be serving You as You desire. May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. So be it!

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