“The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. (Romans 10:8–10, NIV 1984).
Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. (Matthew 7:16–20, NIV 1984).
My Musings – Secret commitments are hard to keep. You may “believe in your heart” that you will follow through, but often you do not. Share that commitment with others (“confess with your mouth“) and the odds of keeping the commitment go up dramatically. But even then, the “commitment” does not always “bear good fruit.” And it is “by their fruit you will recognize them.”
“There are only two options regarding commitment; you’re either in or you’re out. There’s no such thing as life in-between.” Pat Riley.
My Advice – Are you in or out? There is no in-between. Believe in your heart. Confess with your mouth. Bear good fruit. Don’t get stuck in the middle.