Jesus said to his disciples: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot accept, because it neither sees nor knows him. But you know him, because he remains with you, and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me, because I live and you will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father and you are in me and I in you. Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me. And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him.”
Jesus is very clear in His Message to all of us. All that we have to do in this life to be His Children is to keep His Commandments – and not just the Ten Commandments, but all of His Commandments throughout Scripture; including the 2nd half of His Message on the Mount of the Beatitudes (ALL of Matthew 5; not just verses 1-12). You see, it’s easy to say that we Believe in Jesus, God, the Holy Spirit, etc. – like St. James said (in a Book that Martin Luther ironically called the “Epistle of Straw”), even the demons believe (James 2:19). We can’t just say that we love Jesus – we must “act” for Jesus. Again, it’s called the Book of “Acts” – not the “Book of Belief”. If we really love our Spouses, we act accordingly. It’s the same with Jesus – if we really love Jesus, we Act accordingly. It is because of our Belief that we are offered Grace, but it is because of Acts that we are able to humbly live the Gospels and not become orphaned to hell by God. As St. Francis of Assisi said, “Preach the Gospel at all times. And, if necessary, use words.” May we all show the world Why we are Christians with our Acts of Faith.