Have you ever looked at someone whose life was void of spiritual fruit and determined that they were not saved?
There's a spiritual process that we go through and that process is salvation, sanctification, and justification. When we don't see fruit bearing in an individual's life it may mean that they just have not surrendered to the process of sanctification. Sanctification involves us yielding to the Holy Spirit and allowing the Spirit to purify us, teach us and guide us. Sanctification is where the old man dies off and our new nature reigns. It's not always salvation that people need, sometimes they just need to surrender and let their new nature rule.
Acts 4:12 tells us that Jesus Christ is the only way to be saved. "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved." And then 1 Corinthians 6:11 says that we were washed, sanctified, and justified.
The blood of Jesus washed us, The Holy Spirit sanctified us, and God justified us. Sanctification is where we are set apart from those who have not accepted Jesus. Because we have been set apart there should be a clear distinction between a child of God and one who has not accepted Jesus.
We have all received the great commission to lift Jesus up so that He can draw all men unto Himself. Pray for those whose lives may not be bearing the fruit of the Spirit. Witness to those who have admitted that they have not accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. This assignment is not one that is reserved only for those who are Pastors, ordained ministers, or licensed chaplains. This assignment is for all who love Jesus and have accepted Him and His love for all of mankind.
Here's a prayer for today:
Heavenly Father, Thank you for saving me. Thank you for your shed blood on Calvary. It is because of you that I live, move, and have my being. Grant me wisdom to continue to yield to the power of the Holy Spirit and give me courage to witness to those who don't know you. May we all be saved, sanctified, and justified. In Jesus name. Amen