If the spiritual life with Jesus was written as a spy novel, what character would you be?

The secret agent
“Many rulers believed in Jesus. However, they wouldn’t admit it publicly because the
Pharisees would have thrown them out of the synagogue. They were more concerned
about what people thought of them than about what God thought of them”
(John 12:42-43 God’s Word).

The double agent
“You hypocrites! Isaiah (29:13) was right when he prophesied about you:
‘These people honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me.
Their worship of me is pointless,
because their teachings are rules made by humans’ ”
(Matthew 15:7-9 God’s Word).

The villain, bent on ruling the world
“ ‘I’ll go up to heaven and set up my throne above God’s stars.
I’ll sit on the mountain far away in the north
where the gods assemble.
I’ll go above the top of the clouds.
I’ll be like the Most High’ ” (Isaiah 14:13-14 God’s Word).

The loyal agent
“Then Peter spoke up, ‘We’ve given up everything to follow you’ ” (Mark 10:28 God’s Word).

More to the point, what character would your neighbours label you?

Even more importantly, how does God view you? In the parable of the ten bridesmaids five loyal “agents” stayed ready to serve at any moment. Five others went about life, figuring that if they got called they would have time to get prepared. The result shows that kind of half-hearted loyalty stands as no loyalty at all.  “Later the other bridesmaids arrived and said, ‘Sir, sir, open the door for us!’ But he answered them, ‘I don’t even know who you are!’ So stay awake, because you don’t know the day or the hour” (Matthew 25:11-13 God’s Word).

God needs loyal agents, on call all the time, and always prepared.