When people learn that I am a very religious person, if they're not put off or otherwise made uncomfortable with that fact, the conversation usually tends to lead in the direction of what I believe. But, when asked, I often find myself giving an answer that is shocking. I tell them, "What I believe is completely irrelevant if it is not backed up by how I behave."
I think that, as believers, we easily get sucked into the theoretical and academics of theology, not realizing that, when we just listen to what the Bible says, without putting it into practice, we are
You see, I can believe anything I want, as long as I keep it in the realm of intellectual understanding. "Jesus is God? Sure! Why should I have any problem with that? Would you like to make out?" It's never been our theology that places us in contention with the world around us. It's our conduct. Our light shines before men (the Light of Christ) in the good works that we do before men, who glorify God who is in heaven.
If I focus my own pursuits on how I behave, the way that I live in this world, the manner in which I demonstrate my faith, I can't help but give a clear evidence to the world concerning what I believe. Inevitably, the truth will come out. You can't sustain a sincere practice of anything that you don't really believe in.
At the same time, if I spend my energy trying to convince people of what I believe, it'll never be convincing unless it is backed up, in practical daily expressions of how I behave.
It's not our Statement of Faith that is going to draw others into a knowing relationship with our heavenly Father. It's our Statement of Face. It's not our declarations of allegiance to the King of Glory that will hold up at the Judgement Seat of Christ.
Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
You shall know them by their fruits.
Do men gather grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles?
Even so every good tree brings forth good fruit;
but a corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit.
A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruits,
nor can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Every tree that does not bring forth good fruit
is cut down and thrown into the fire.
Therefore by their fruits you shall know them.
Not everyone who says to Me, Lord! Lord! shall enter the kingdom of Heaven,
but he who does the will of My Father in Heaven.
Many will say to Me in that day,
Lord! Lord! Did we not prophesy in Your name,
and through Your name throw out demons,
and through Your name do many wonderful works?
And then I will say to them I never knew you!
Depart from Me, those working lawlessness!