THE UNBELIEVERS PROFILE
Salvation is far from the wicked, for they do not seek your statutes. Psalm 119:155
A child of God will hear a precept of the kingdom and think, “Oh, I would love to be able to be like that. I need the Spirit’s help.” A child of the devil hears the same thing and has no appetite for it whatsoever. It appears foolish to him. He simply has no desire to seek after the things of God because his heart is driven in an opposite direction.
Many will insist in the last day that they are God’s child. They will cite their lifelong church attendance; even remember the times they took part in corporate recitations of prayer. Jesus will look at many and say, “Depart from me, I never knew you.” That is frightening and the children of God have no idea to whom that will be said. There will be shock, I’m sure. One of the ways we can tell the difference now between a believer and unbeliever is by their spiritual appetite. When they sin and fail to have the heart of Jesus, is there true remorse? Do they pine after the things of heaven, and though they often fail, are their arms are still stretched out to Jesus for mercy and Spirit enablement? That is the mark of a son or daughter of God. If however, they warm the same pew every Sunday and act like a son of hell the rest of the week, their supposed new birth experience is suspect.
“By their fruits you shall know them.”
This is a self-check. Do I seek? For what do I long today? A heart like yours, Lord. Amen