Is it possible for someone to claim to believe in Jesus yet still be an enemy of his? Jesus said that on the day of judgment, many will call him Lord but he will declare to them that he never knew them (Matt. 7:21-23). How could this be? Why would someone profess to know God, yet be told otherwise by Jesus? Simply put, “They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works” (Titus 1:16).
Many want to be a friend of Jesus because he offers eternal hope but they do not want to do what he commanded. Thus, although they profess to know him, they justify living in opposition to his commands and “walk as enemies of the cross of Christ” (Phil. 3:18). By definition they are a frenemy of Jesus. Friend, if this describes you, please take heed to God’s word…frenemies of Christ will not inherit eternal life (1 Cor. 6:9-10).
If God has revealed to you that you are a frenemy, your first course of action is to repent. Stop rationalizing your sinful behavior and instead confess it in prayer to Jesus. Be sure to let him know that you are willing to turn away from your sin and to live life according to his commands. At the moment you truly repent and believe, you will go from frenemy of Jesus to follower of Jesus. You will begin to live according to his ways and not your old ways. Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27).
If you are now a follower of Jesus, read the Bible daily and do what it says. Also, make it a priority to start attending a Bible teaching church. You are always welcome to join us!
Lakeshore City Church meets Sundays at 10:00 a.m. at Circle City Center (formerly Fender Museum), 365 N. Main St. in Corona. For more information, visit lakeshorecitychurch.com.