“Live Out Your Fait; Always”
Before I became a believer, I tended to be two different people.
When I was around Church people and other believers I could act just like them.
When I was around worldly people, I fit right in.
Please read the following verses.
11 When Peter came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he was clearly in the wrong.
12 Before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group.
13 The other Jews joined him in his hypocrisy, so that by their hypocrisy even Barnabas was led astray.
14 When I saw that they were not acting in line with the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter in front of them all, “You are a Jew, yet you live like a Gentile and not like a Jew. How is it, then, that you force Gentiles to follow Jewish customs?
15 “We who are Jews by birth and not ‘Gentile sinners’
16 know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So, we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law because by observing the law no one will be justified.
My actions were not something I came up with. I was unknowingly living like Peter.
When Peter saw that Gentiles were given the Spirit of God, he befriended them, he ate with them; well at least until his Jewish friends showed up.
Then he shunned the gentiles by separating himself from them.
His actions were so egregious, that even Barnabas was confused.
Since I have become a believer, I am one person all the time. (well at least I try to be, old habits die hard you know.)
I and many others have found it is not how we act that saves us
. It is that we are saved by faith in the blood of Christ.
When we do this, the indwelling Holy Spirit will change us into whom He wants us to be,