The Truth Series: How do I know I genuinely believe the truth? (Part 18)

by | Mar 2, 2024 | Mission | 0 comments

We can know that we truly believe from an honest, sober grasp on the doctrine of the fall, of human rebellion against God back in Eden. How is that? The gospel of Jesus reverses the self-serving rebellion of our first parents, a rebellion we all gladly carry on with before we know the grace of God in Christ. Therefore, you know you truly believe when you begin shunning evil and sacrificially serving others.

As Jesus prepared himself and his disciples to face the most difficult stretch of his mission, he taught them that his gospel means unlearning the self-absorbed, destructive ways of the world so as to learn to live as he lived. As our Savior and Lord, we are to become servants of all, which is true greatness in God’s Kingdom (Mark 10:32-45, John 14:12, Galatians 2:20, Philippians 1:21, Titus 2:11-15, 1 John 2:6). 

A stunning picture of selflessness is seen in our Lord Jesus Christ when he, God the Son, the King of the universe, shows his utter humility in serving a culturally shunned, ignored, blind beggar named Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46-52). When Bartimaeus earnestly and desperately approached Jesus in faith, Jesus simply asks him, “What do you want me to do for you?” That is, ‘how can I serve you?’ What an amazing King, one who readily serves the least of these!

Jesus makes it clear, through his humanity, that he is the one true and perfect example of the outworking of faith in the Father. If you are following Jesus, in the power of the Holy Spirit, then you will likewise begin genuinely serving others in the way that your good King has lovingly served you (Matthew 25:34-40, John 13:12-17). Jesus doesn’t lobby the government or require the state to look after the needy and oppose injustice. He simply steps forward and sacrificially does it himself out of his own resources. And, let us not forget, not only does Jesus buck the system by readily doing good to a despised person in need, he serves us all supremely by giving himself as a ransom to save us from eternal destruction (Mark 10:45).

We know we truly believe when we begin recognizing and compassionately serving the needs of others at our expense (Luke 10:25-37, Mark 10:17-22, Acts 6:1-7, Philippians 2:1-11). This is what our God has done for us—in creating us, in sustaining us, in providing for us, in suffering long with us in our unbelief and sin, and most importantly—in redeeming and restoring us who believe to himself.

When we return to worshipping the Father, through his Son Jesus in the power of his Holy Spirit, we begin shunning evil and we start sacrificially serving others in the midst of our rebelliously broken and self-obsessed world. This growing change shows we no longer believe the dreadful, ruinous, self-serving lie of the serpent (Genesis 3:5, Romans 6:11, 1 Peter 3:18).

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