Are You Denying Christ
Certainly the time will come that all faithful Christians will have to face the final exam— succumb to the pressure and deny our Lord, or face heart-wrenching persecution. But many of us are denying Him now! That's right, everyday! The following words from Inspiration will explain.
In order to confess Christ, we must have Him to confess, No one can truly confess Christ unless the mind and spirit of Christ are in him. If a form of godliness, or an acknowledgment of the truth, were always a confession of Christ, we might say: Broad is the way that leadeth unto life, and many there be that find it. We must understand what it is to confess Christ and wherein we deny Him. It is possible with our lips to confess Christ yet in our works deny Him. The fruits of the Spirit manifested in the life are a confession of Him. If we have forsaken all for Christ, our lives will be humble, our conversation heavenly, our conduct blameless. The powerful, purifying influence of truth in the soul, and the character of Christ exemplified in the life, are a confession of Him. If the words of eternal life are sown in our hearts, the fruit is righteousness and peace. We may deny Christ in our life by indulging love of ease or love of self, by jesting and joking, and by seeking the honor of the
world. We may deny Him in our outward appearance by conformity to the world, by a proud look or costly apparel.
Only by constant watchfulness and persevering and almost
unceasing prayer shall we be able to exhibit in our life the character of Christ or the sanctifying influence of the truth. Many drive Christ from their families by an impatient, passionate spirit, such have something to overcome in this respect.
I was shown the necessity of opening the doors of our hearts to the Lord. When we begin to work in earnest for ourselves and for our families, then we shall have help from God. I was shown that merely observing the Sabbath and praying morning and evening are not positive evidences that we are Christians. These outward forms may all be strictly observed, and yet true godliness be lacking, (Titus 2:14): "who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works." All who profess to be Christ's followers should have command of their own spirit, not allowing them-selves to speak fretfully or impatiently. The husband and father should check that impatient word he is about to utter. He should study the effect of his words, lest they leave sadness and a blight.
By Ellen G. White
Taken from Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 1, pp. 304, 305.
(Read of an example in the Bible: Matt. 26:31-35, 69-75.)