I Told You, and You Did Not Believe
In a conversation Jesus was having with the Jews standing around Him, He made this statement, “I told you, and you did not believe.” Jesus was making reference to the works He was doing in the name of His Father that they bore witness of who He was.” Jesus told them the reason they did not believe Him was because they were not of His flock. He continued in John 10:27-28 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” In essence, Jesus told them they all heard what He had to say; and some had believed and some didn’t. Those who heard and believed, He called His sheep. Those who did not believe, was not of His flock. Now let’s bring this forward to today. Church houses are filled with people who hear the Word of the Lord every Sunday, and there are some who believe, and there are some who don’t. The people Jesus was talking to were all Jews; God’s people He had saved out of the hand of Pharaoh, Prince of Egypt. Since all the people Jesus was talking to were Jews, how could Jesus tell the difference between those Jews who made up His flock and those Jews who didn’t? All the Jews were required to attend synagogue (church) services in the synagogue closest to their home, but some of the synagogue going Jews believed Jesus and did what He instructed them to do. To those Jews Jesus said He gave eternal life, and no man could pluck them out of His hand. To those Jews who did not believe, they were not part of His flock, and had not received eternal life.
Everyone who attends church today are categorized as Christians, but we know not everyone who attends church are Christians. How do we differentiate between the flock of Jesus, and those who are not part of His flock? The same way Jesus differentiated between the Jewish people of His day. Those who hear and believe and act on the instructions of Jesus are sheep of His flock and are the real Christians. Those who hear and do not believe nor act on His instructions are not part of His flock nor are they Christians. This is not my interpretation of who is a Christian, but the Word of God that tells us plainly who is and who are not sheep of the flock of Jesus. Those persons who are not Christians, but attend church and do things to hurt, harm, or take advantage of other people give Christianity a bad name. Unfortunately, these are the people every one notices. And churches all across this land are full of people who are not sheep of the Lord’s flock, but play the role and do Christianity a great deal of harm. John 1:14 says, “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory…” This tells us that to be a servant of the Lord we must be a servant of the Word of God. We cannot be a servant of the Lord, if we do not believe the Word and do what the Word instructs us to do. This brief description from the Word of God does away with a lot of guess work about who is, and who is not, a sheep of the Flock of God.
86% of the people in America say they are Christian. We know that number is extremely exaggerated and is not even close to being accurate. If 86% of the people in America were Christians and a sheep of the flock of God; America would not be in the pitiful condition it is presently. Abortion would not have become legal, we would not be asking ourselves if homosexuality was of God or not, we wouldn’t be building more prison than colleges, and more mental institutions than hospitals, our schools would not be hangouts for gun toting kids, there would not be a war against American patriotism, church doors would not be closing, the handout line would be much shorter, entrepreneurship would be at an all time high, and there would be an ample supply of honorable men to run for office and fill our judicial openings. My guess is that 3 to 5 percent of the population would be a more realistic number, and of that number, less than 5% tithe a full tithe for the Lord’s work to the church they attend. Have a blessed and wonderful day in the Lord. DThrash