Not everyone who says to me “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons ans perform many miracles?” Then I will tell them plainly, “I never knew you. Away from me, you evil doers!”
Matthew 7:21-23 (NIV)
Many people think that being a Christian means doing good works. And yes, James 2 tells us that good deeds are important and that one shows their faith by what they do (James 2:18), but what good is reading your Bible everyday, going to church every Sunday, teaching Bible study, and leading the church choir if you don’t have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ? It’s not enough to just believe, James said that even the demons believe in God “and shudder” (James 2:19).
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). It is by the grace of God that we are saved. It was nothing we did and there was nothing we could have done. Remember, the Bible says that the Lord detests the proud and “they will not go unpunished” (Psalm 16:5). This is not about you or me. We were created by Him and for Him (Colossians 1:16), so let’s not make this about us, what we can do, or what we can prove about ourselves as Christians. Put God above everything else, develop a relationship with Him, obey His commands, and it won’t matter what others think. God will know that you are a true Christian.