Around 83% of Americans claim to be Christians. But only 64% of Americans say they believe in the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Obviously, those polls alone indicate we have a problem in terms of understanding what it means to be a "Christian" (a follower of Jesus). Add to that confusion the statement made by Jesus in Matthew 7:21-23, "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 in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, `Lord, Lord did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, `I never knew you. Away from me you evildoers!'" No one wants to be turned away from heaven's gates. But clearly there are those who think they are "Christians" who are not. How can a person know that he or she is a true follower of Jesus?
In a letter, from the Bible, written by James, the half-brother of Jesus and a leader in the first church in Jerusalem, we find tests of faith which reveal evidence as to who is a true follower Son of God. James challenges us to examine our attitude, our speech, our relationships, and even our prayers. The evidence is not always easy to face, but it is revealing and sure. So, come along on this journey of faith and discovery and allow the Spirit of God through the Word of God to prove your faith genuine. For all eternity, you will thank God that you lived this life by true faith in his Son, Jesus!