Have you ever realized that you have been walking around with toilet paper stuck to your shoe? Or wearing an item of clothing inside-out? Or that you have a blob of ketchup on your cheek? When someone finally pointed out the problem, you likely felt a small-to-moderate sense of embarrassment. You had been walking around assuming certain things about yourself and your appearance, but in that moment you discovered that reality was otherwise and your perception of yourself was inaccurate.
Is it possible that someone could have an equally inaccurate perception about their own spiritual condition – to think that they are a Christian, but not actually be one? What constitutes a “genuine” conversion experience? What is the proof or evidence that a person is truly a follower of Jesus? God’s Word has the answers to these all-important questions.