I love Joyce Meyer – she tells it like it is and she’s not ashamed to say it.
“Sitting in church each Sunday doesn’t make you a Christian just like sitting in your garage doesn’t make you a car.” ~ Joyce Meyer (paraphrased)
I couldn’t have said it any clearer. It’s belief in Christ that makes you a Christian and what you do with your life after you become a believer.
Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.”~Acts 2:38-40
Jesus called the Pharisees hypocrites because they claimed to be religious yet they didn’t show it in their daily lives. (Matthew 23:13-33)
Aren’t Christians seen as hypocrites today? Yes. And I’ve met some in my adult life. I knew a man who went to church regularly and volunteered to help and fix things, but he’d talk behind people’s back (gossip).
There was a devout lady who would openly judge other people. And then there are those who would walk by someone who needs help ignoring the person. Oh, we (and I include myself) do that every day.
You must step back and say to yourself, “Am I really a Christian?” If you have doubts, you need to pray this prayer wholeheartedly and sincerely and solidify your relationship with Jesus Christ:
Lord Jesus, I need You to guide my life. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Lord and Savior. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.