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The word “if” can add a lot to a sentence. Let’s look at a few statements where Jesus used this word and how it pertains to our discipleship with Him and our salvation in Him.

John 8:31 NIV
[31] To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.

John 14:15 NIV
[15] “If you love me, keep my commands.”

John 8:34-36 NIV
[34] Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. [35] Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. [36] So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

In these “if” statements of Jesus we see that there are conditions in our lives that prove whether we belong to Him or not. Jesus says if we hold to His teachings then we are His disciples, following Him and living in His teachings. His words have enveloped our hearts and we are living according to His ways. His ways have become our ways. We no longer live after our own plans, we are allowing His teachings to guide our steps.

If we are living by Jesus’s teachings and commands, we see the proof that we love Him. We will naturally want to follow after Jesus and desire to please Him and worship Him with our lives. Obeying Him will be a natural desire that stems out of our love for Him.

Jesus calls us to repentance from sin and to turn to Him, acknowledging that He is Lord. Jesus is the one and the only one who died in our place, the perfect sacrifice for sin so that all who put their faith in Him will not perish but have everlasting life. John chapter one states that to those who believe in His name He gives them the right to become children of God. We have His promise that if He sets us free, we are free indeed.

Now although works of obedience to God are proof of our salvation in Jesus and that we love Him, it is not by those works that we are saved. Romans chapter three says that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God but are justified FREELY, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.

We are saved by faith in Jesus and faith in Jesus alone. But the Bible makes it abundantly clear that if that faith does not result in a life of obedience to God, then it is a dead faith. We must look at our hearts and truly examine whether we are in the faith or if we just have a surface, schoolbook type of belief in Jesus. Do we just believe? Or do we believe with surrender and obedience to Him as Lord?

The last verse I would like to site here is in Matthew chapter seven.

Matthew 7:21 NIV
[21] “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

Although the word “if” isn’t specifically used in this verse, it is definitely implied. This is a sobering verse for sure. But in the context of the word of God we see that we are saved by faith in Jesus. As a result of true faith in Him as Lord, we will naturally want to do what He commands us to do.

This is not something we can do on our own. We need the power of the Holy Spirit working in our hearts and our lives through the word of God to help us, strengthen us, and protect us as we daily deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow Jesus faithfully and obediently. Jesus promises the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit to all who are His.

He is God! He is on the throne! Trust Him with everything you’ve got and everything you are. Put your faith in Him and be caught by His hand today. He will care for you and guide you.

God bless you as you seek His perfect will for your life.

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