What? Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have received from God, and that you are not your own? Indeed, you have been bought at a price! Therefore, glorify God in your body and spirit, which belong to God. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
Christians aren’t identified by a list of menial rules, but in how they relate to Jesus. No doubt, people have given up many things for Jesus, but that doesn’t mean they know Him.
Jesus said, “By this, all men will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:35). Many say they are disciples of Christ, but they do not live up to their profession of faith in Him. Instead, they vainly attempt to hold on to Jesus with one hand while trying to hold on to the world with the other. They say they uphold His principles, but for the most part, their works do not testify of His love.
Do you truly want to glorify God, or are you only interested in gratifying yourself? It’s either all or nothing with Jesus. There is no middle ground in serving Him. You can’t be a citizen of two different worlds. If you’re in Christ, your citizenship is in heaven.
What are you doing to prove that you’re not of this world? Are you truly following Jesus’ example?
Indeed, a man may say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without works, and I will show you my faith by my works! It is good that you believe there is one God; even demons believe and tremble. But won’t you understand oh vain man, that faith without works is dead? (James 2:18-20)
“Now the works of the flesh are obvious: adultery, sexual immorality, impurity, lust, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, strife, jealousy, wrath, contention, rebellion, heresy, envy, murder, drunkenness, carousing, and such like these, of which I tell you now as I have previously, those who practice these things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance; against such, there is no law. Remember, those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its affections and lusts. Therefore, if we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit, so that we may not be desirous of vainglory, nor harass or envy one another.” (Galatians 5:19-26)