That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. – Romans 10:9-10
Serve Christ by telling others about the love of Jesus. Share the gospel despite opposition. Tell others how they can receive salvation.
Once I heard a sermon by Dr. Martin Luther King on the “If” Christian. The “If’ Christian is one who has decided to follow Christ only when everything runs smoothly. They are willing to serve Jesus Christ when it is easy and considered the “In” thing. Often they bargain with God and agree to follow him “If” everything is easy; if they don’t have to endure sufferings or persecution. They follow the Lord when it makes sense for them; if they receive something in return, such as: a good job, a nice family, plenty of money and great health. When bad things start to happen to them, then their faith is tested. They do not want to do anything that will make their life uneasy. They don’t want to lose friends, family or their great lifestyle, so they often compromise on their beliefs. They choose to be silent when people oppose their beliefs or their faith. Dr. Martin Luther King wasn’t a “If” Christian but a minister who stood against those laws that were evil.
In this sermon, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr preached on three Christians that refused to bow down and worship the image of gold. Daniel Chapter three tells us that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego stood against the evil of the land. They had a faith greater than that of man. They believed on the God above and took a stand against King Nebuchadnezzar and his law. They knew that God would deliver them out of fiery furnace that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. They said, “If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.”
Their faith was deep enough and real enough that nothing was going to compromise their faith; nothing was going to get them to forsake their true God for a false god. They had enough faith that they trusted in God to deliver them; but if not, they would die with their faith intact. What about you? Are you willing to take a stand against injustice or evil laws. Are you willing to die for your belief in God? Are you willing to stand up against those things you know God hates? Will you continue to serve Christ during the hard times.