Have you noticed that often one word doesn’t tell the story? Especially, I’m thinking of the word “birth” or “death.” One is the beginning of life on earth and the other is the end of it. But each one has a story that goes with it, and usually, we want to know more. That is why after a baby is born, moms want to hear the birth story. 

Often when I am inquiring into someone’s spiritual life—whether they are truly saved—I hear the words “I believe in Jesus.” Think about it. When someone asks about your salvation, what do you say? Do you reply in a monotone? Is the story of your birth and resulting life in Christ, ho-hum? Maybe your “birth” so to speak was merely a formality that your church required. Perhaps it is like the woman who said that after her divorce, she was baptized again. She wanted to make sure things were all good with God. After a child is born, there are signs of life such as pulse and breathing Do you exhibit signs of real spiritual life? Don’t wait until you die to find out. We will not have a church representative standing next to us at the judgment to answer for us. 

Brothers, be sure you are saved, then live it, proclaim it, rejoice in what the Lord Jesus did for you. He rose from the dead to show the world that He has power over death and can give new life. 

“Sing unto the LORD, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people. For the LORD is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods” (Psalms 96:2-4).