First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world. Romans 1:8
If the apostle Paul were to visit us or our church would his response be that our faith is being reported all over the world. There are many who claim to be in fellowship with Jesus Christ but there is no physical evidence of this being true. The way we know that we have truly come to salvation is the fruit of the Holy Spirit at work in our lives.
If we claim to be in Christ but lack the fruit of the Holy Spirit then we need to ask ourselves why. Have we truly given our entire lives over to Christ or do we simply carry the title Christian as a get out of jail free card.
We have so cheapened the truth of the gospel in the west because we desire to build large churches without challenging people with the truth. We desire to encourage because we know that people respond positively to encouragement. But if we truly preach the word as it is to be preached then hearts will be challenged and convicted and this will cause some to choose to walk away.
Our goal should never be to build an empire using the name of Jesus. Our goal should always be faithful to the truth and obedient to the Holy Spirit. There is nothing that is hidden from the Lord and this includes our motives and our desires. The Lord see through it all. Let us hold fast to the truth we have and grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ. May the fruit of the Holy Spirit fill every area of our lives.