The Incomplete Believer
Daily Bible Reading – Job 15; Acts 19, 20
Today’s Key Passage – Acts 19:1-22
When Paul arrived at Ephesus, he encountered twelve men who were believers in Jesus Christ. They believed in Jesus as the Messiah, but they knew little about the significance of his death and resurrection and knew nothing about the Holy Spirit. They said they received the baptism of John, but were not yet baptized into the name of Jesus Christ. Once they learned more about the whole story of Jesus, they were baptized into His name and received the Holy Spirit.
These men were incomplete believers. They knew part of the story – they knew that Jesus was the long-awaited Messiah and that they needed to repent, or turn from, their sins. What they did not know was that they also needed to turn to Jesus Christ and put all of their faith and trust in Him. Without this knowledge, they were incomplete and were only halfway to where they needed to be.
I lived most of my life as an incomplete believer. I knew the story of Jesus Christ. I knew about His life, death, and resurrection and I knew that He died for my sins. I was taught all of this as a child in Sunday School each week. Unfortunately, I had a very limited understanding of the Bible and almost no understanding of repentance or of turning to Jesus in faith. I believed that because I knew about Jesus and because I always apologized to Him in prayer when I sinned, that I was a “good person”. Sadly, my beliefs were flawed and incomplete, and my life was empty and meaningless. When I finally saw the light and got the complete picture of what it really means to be a follower of Christ, I found the missing piece of the puzzle. The Holy Spirit entered my life and radically changed me. I spent the first 33 years of my life living for me. Now that I know the Way and the Truth and the Light, I plan to live the rest of my life living for Him.
We all probably know people who, like the twelve men Paul met in Ephesus, are incomplete believers. Maybe they know part of the story, but they do not really know Jesus. Maybe they have never walked with Him, and maybe they have never felt the incredible feeling of His unconditional love. Our mission as followers of Christ is not just to reach the people who have never heard of Jesus, but also to reach out to the incomplete believers. Paul did not just pass by the twelve men in Ephesus. He knew they could find greater purpose and meaning if they knew the complete picture, so he took the time to tell them about the real Jesus. We can do the same thing today.
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