Imitate Good (Study of 3 John – Part 4)
“Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God. Demetrius is well spoken of by everyone—and even by the truth itself. We also speak well of him, and you know that our testimony is true.” (3 John 1:11-12)
I’m the last one to be preaching this, at this time. I’m convicted of doing bad stuff lately. I’ve been going through a low level of persecution by my own family lately and it’s been getting me angry, but trying my best to stay in a Christ like manner. It’s been hard, and I tell them they’re wrong and I rebuke them. It’s crazy, but it’s been a long week. Anger over me, I hate evilness of the world.
Christian’s are to imitate Christ, it’s the truth, and I know you don’t believe me, since you’re of the world. I have lunch, with a group of kids in school, and they told me two years ago, when I was going table to table witnessing, that they were Christian’s and they knew Christ was the way and even today they believe, but the words that come out of their mouth it not the kind of words that I know that Christian’s should be saying. The things I hear them say are not things that God would be saying. The people they talk about behind their back’s, it’s very unGodly behavior, but that’s okay, they believe in Jesus, so their saved, right?
Demon’s and the devil knows and believes in God, they imitate what is bad, evil, wrong, not right, therefore hell is where their going. In the some way, me and you can’t be of God and do evil, it’s impossible, there is no way that one can be saved, by just believing in Jesus, but to prove that your faith is true, by your faith, and what you are imitating are both of God.
See up there, “anyone who does evil has not seen God“. That should tell you most christians are going to hell. See Jesus said that a good tree can’t grow bad fruit, same other way. Therefore, why do we expect to be saved, just by believing in Jesus?
What is a testimony?
A testimony is a life changing event in one’s life, when someone comes to know Jesus and walks away from the evilness of his own life and seeks therefore, what is Good and Holy, God. When one find’s God, his or her old evil self is no more, and then their whole life is changed, and without trying to change himself, Jesus come’s in him/her and changes them. Therefore, it is providing a testimony. Making what is darkness into light.
We need a good testimony, so how can one have a good testimony, if we say we are believers and acts like the world? What testimony is there that is good? For the Devil only, that you belong to him, and not to the King and Creator, that is if your faith and deeds are not same, as one in good.
Truly, Jesus is coming. Are you ready for him? Jesus said to hear the words of his and act on them. Read, Matthew 7:22-24….”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 in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers! “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”