When a person accepts God as Father and commits to live for Him the rest of life, the world should be able to tell that the person is different. It is through our life that we demonstrate our commitment and sincerity, to God and to others.
~Obedience vs. Disobedience.
John 14:15 tells us, “If you love me, you will keep my commands.” The best way to show God you are sincere in your love for Him and your desire to serve Him, is to obey Him. He has set His commands in place, not as a punishment for us, but as a safeguard. Much like parents create rules with the intent of keeping their child safe and happy, God, too, has created rules with us in mind. When a child wants to please the parent, they obey the rules. When we want to please God, we choose to obey His precepts and commands, not out of duty, but out of love, sincere love.
In fact, chronic disobedience tells the God and the world that you are not sincere in your love and beliefs. I John 2:4 says, “Whoever says, I know him, but fails to keep and obey His commands is a liar, and the Truth is not in him.” A true, sincere, believer, seeks to obey God. While the human being cannot maintain perfect obedience, that remains the goal of the sincere believer.
~The Faith vs. Works Debate.
The Bible tells us in James 2:26, that faith without works is dead. When the Bible says this, it is not telling us that we are saved by our works. But, God can discern our sincerity of faith by the fact that a person of real faith will have works to show for it. An insincere faith cannot produce works and cannot show God sincerity because it is for show only. When faith in God is true and sincere, “works” are inevitable. We work because we love Him and want to please Him by sharing in His work.
~A Servant’s Heart.
James 1:27 informs us that, “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” Jesus often called out the Religious leaders of His day because their religion was false and insincere. When we are sincere in our love of God, we will be doing the work that He calls us to. This includes taking care of people in need, whether that is physical, emotional, spiritual or otherwise. Sincere love doesn’t seek to exalt itself; it seeks to serve. (See James 2:14-16 for more on this)
A sincere love not only obeys the precepts of its love object (God), it also seeks to share that love with others. It seeks to become like the object of affection, and as it does, it becomes increasingly full of love and servant-hood, in whatever way God may call him or her to serve. Showing God a sincere love is simple: obey Him and walk in His ways. On the other hand, this is one of the hardest things a human being can choose to do. It involves turning away from self and surrendering that self to God for His use. But, this all comes with great reward because serving God, a reward in itself, brings with it the peace that passes understanding and so much more: real life!