I was just talking to my husband about this yesterday. I was saying that there are many who say “Lord, Lord” but will not enter heaven. This is because they speak His name but do not live in His Spirit. I wonder sometimes if there are atheists that resist the idea of God because of people like this. I often wonder if some professed atheists may actually live in the Spirit of God, visible in their actions. If they live in a spirit of love, does not this love come from God?
I think that there are some people who preach the gospel but do not live in the spirit of Love, just like many scribes and pharisees. Jesus Himself called them “sons of Satan.”
I think there is a lesson in there somewhere. The followers of Jesus are those who live in Love. If what few words of Jesus the atheists put into action they may actually be in a better position with God then those who have heard abundantly God’s Word but only apply very little of it in their lives.
It does say in scripture something to the affect of, “If you so much as give a glass of water to one of my disciples, because they are My disciple, you will not go without your reward.”
My question is: Is it possible that a person’s profession of faith could be in your actions?