“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” (James 1:22, NIV)
My father has always been a believer, but never felt the need to be part of a church fellowship or to make a public profession of Christ.
“Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.) Matthew 10:32-33
As I entered adulthood and had children of my own, my father begin to come to church. He still didn’t deem it necessary to make a public profession or to be a member of our fellowship. His relationship with God was just that…between him and God.
Aren’t we all in that same boat? As we read God’s word we are faithful in following some of his teaching, but some of it…well, it’s a little too much to take. We find ourselves saying, “He wants me to do what?”
Believer, take that step to not only be a” hearer of the word but a doer! As you do, your life begins to transform in ways that are just unbelievable.
On a side note, with love and prayer from fellow believers, my father did make his profession of faith and has never looked back. He serves God with a passion as never before. Never, ever give up! God has a plan! (Jeremiah 29:11)~Debra