Scripture is clear that we are justified by faith in Christ alone. But, have we missed the point that we are sanctified in the same way? This is what Paul wrote in Romans 6:8-11,
8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him,
9knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him.
10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.
11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Two key words jump out at us: “we believe” (v.8) That’s all God is asking of you today—to simply trust Him. If you have never received Christ as Lord and Savior, there is no better time than today. In fact, there may not be another time, as this could be your last day. Who knows? Delay can be deadly.
Do you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins? Do you believe that He rose from the dead? Do you believe that God would not lie to you and that He has the power to do that which He has promised? Here’s the promise:
9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”
12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him.
13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Rom.10:9-13)
Is that all? That’s all!
So, you have done that. You are a Christian, but you don’t find yourself acting much like one at times. Not that you haven’t tried. Not that you don’t feel guilty about failure. But, it seems that’s what you must settle for.
If that is your approach, you will continue to be frustrated. Paul expressed it to the Galatians this way, “Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?” (Gal.3:4). The only way to live the Christian life is by faith in the Christ who lives in you! Moment by moment we rely on Him. Our prayer is, “Jesus, be Jesus in me!” That is the life of faith and the life that pleases God. “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Heb.11:6).