“We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.”1 John 2:3-6 NIV
To claim to follow Christ yet not walk in obedience to what the Lord has said in His word is a failisy. If we truly love Jesus with all our heart and have truly made Him Lord then naturally we will desire to walk in obedience. For a person to claim to follow Christ and even attend church every Sunday yet not give their heart fully to Christ or walk in obedience means nothing.
Jesus said that we would demonstrate our love for Him through obedience. We are only able to walk in obedience if we are abiding in Him daily. Obedience is impossible if we are not abiding in His word and prayer on a daily basis. We cannot live on the manna of yesterday. We need fresh manna every day. He is the bread of life and we must feed daily upon Him.
What is sad is that in the world today the gospel has been cheapened and softened so men can build their own kingdoms in the name of Jesus. We are not called to be focused on building the biggest church with fleshly means. We are called to build disciples with the purity of the truth. When the truth is preached without compromised the Holy Spirit will convict hearts and lives will be changed for God’s kingdom.