Is You Is or Is You Ain’t?


Is you?                    or                   Is you not?

“It takes all kinds” is a popular axiom we’ve all heard. The world is made up of an almost limitless variety of people. Different races, personality profiles, and socioeconomic backgrounds make up today’s world population. It’s enough to make you stand in wonder at the amazing range of attributes God has created.

But I’ve been thinking that in spite of all these categories God has created a basic bottom line. The entire populace is human. We’re all bipedal homo sapiens. God keeps things very simple for the sake of our limited understanding. There are not hundreds or thousands of species of man… just one.

This same simple truth is found in the description of man’s relationship with God. The Bible makes it very clear that there are only two kinds of people – those who have a relationship with Him and those who don’t. This is where the title of this blog comes in.

“Is you is or is you ain’t?” is part of a popular song of 1944. Sung by Louis Jordan, a black American, it reached #1 on the country charts and top 5 on the pop and R&B hit lists. The lyrics lay out a clear and simple truth… either you are or you are not “my baby.” There’s no fuzziness, no confusion. Either you are or you’re not.

The idea behind this question comes right off the pages of God’s Word. Do you or do you not have a covenant relationship with God? It’s a simple question – not based on denominations, geography, race, or status.

You are either a “believer” or not. Many would be quick to jump in right here and say it doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you believe it deeply. That’s taking us toward those popular words “diversity” and “tolerance.” Those words take us on a path that leads to thousands if not millions of options. God is much simpler.

And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.      1 John 5:11–13

The eternal life of a heavenly relationship with God is available ONLY through Jesus, God’s Son. You either believe in Jesus and have eternal life or you don’t… very simple. In God’s system there are only two kinds of people. Those that are believers and those that are not.

Jesus put it this way,

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.      John 14:6

Jesus makes it very simple… if you want to come to God you MUST go through Him.

At the last moment of human history on this old earth, there will be one question in the air. At the judgment of us all Jesus Christ will look into our faces and ask us to answer that simple question. “Do I know you?”

“And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you who practice lawlessness.’”      Matthew 7:23

We each need to examine our own hearts. Do you know Jesus? Have you accepted Him as your Savior and turned your life over to His loving control? Are you just going through the motions of church as an optional lifestyle or have you asked Christ into your lives to get to know you on an personal level?

‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me. ‘He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.      Revelation 3:20–21

So, is you is or is you ain’t?

Think about it…

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