Saint-Label Only?

Have you ever opened a package only to discover that the contents have been labeled incorrectly? Many times that can be corrected. However, what if a person allows a label to be put on him or her, or to even put the label on themselves, when the contents do not measure up to the label? Others, considering the label only, may wrongly assume that the contents are what the label falsely claims. Many are considered to be saints but give little, if any, evidence of saintliness. Matthew 7:21-23 warns, “Not everyone that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in Heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy Name? and in Thy Name have cast out devils? and in Thy Name done many wonderful works? and then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.” A.W. Tozer, speaking about our teaching and preaching, wisely wrote in “Renewed Day by Day,” “We must insist on New Testament sainthood for our converts, nothing less; and we must lead them into a state of heart purity, fiery love, separation from the world and poured-out devotion to the Person of Christ. Only in this way can the low level of spirituality be raised again to where it should be in the light of the Scriptures and of eternal values.” A true saint, as the Word of God teaches, is one who has experienced genuine conversion, has been and is being set apart to God, and is being set apart from this world-system, its values, interests, concerns, thinking, conduct, and purposes. Fanny Crosby wrote, “Take the world but give me Jesus, all its joys are but a name; but His love remaineth ever, through eternal years the same.” (From: “Give Me Jesus“).  Selah! When Jesus examines the contents of our lives, will He find that the contents match the label? or that they do not match?   Ron

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