In Order That You May Believe…

Too many people call themselves Christians without really realizing what they are saying. To be a Christian means to be Christ-like, to be a follower of Christ. This means more than just going to church on Easter and Christmas or even going to all the functions hosted at church each week, it means that your life is not your own anymore, that you’ve given it to the creator of the universe and are living each and every moment for Him in the best way you know how. It means that you are striving each day to know more about Him and to be in closer fellowship with Him. It means that you not only listen to the message on Sunday morning or Wednesday evening, but that you also take that message home and live it out each and every day. 
Christ calls us to be new creations in Him. When we accept Him as our Savior, He wants to transform our lives. He wants to touch every area of our lives; finances, friendships, relationships, jobs, everything! That’s why He sent the Holy Spirit, to enable us to live for and with Him. So that’s what we’re doing here. I’m trying to live my life in a way that thanks God for all that He’s done for me; not only on the cross, but also what He does in me each and every day.

One of the things God blessed me with is an extreme curiosity and hunger for knowledge. My favorite question has always been “why?” I don’t want to believe something just because someone told me to believe it; I want to know why we believe it is true. I want to know that the Bible is dependable and not just a book of fairytales or fables, but that it is a reliable account of God’s interaction with mankind. I want to know. I’ve always figured that if the God of the Bible is true, then there should be evidence to support it. People shouldn’t have to have blind faith. Well turns out that’s exactly what God intended as well. He doesn’t want us to have blind faith. 1 Peter 3:15 calls us to “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” Does that sound like blind faith to you? Christ tells us in Luke 10:27 to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your MIND.” Does that sound like blind faith to you?

And that’s where I think God wants me. The healthy dose of curiosity He gave me was for a reason and I believe that reason is to pass it on to you. I believe that there is enough evidence on this earth to support the existence of God. I believe that with enough work and determination God can help you find the answers to the questions that may be stumbling blocks to your faith, because I know that God loves you and wants you to be a part of His kingdom. How do I know this? Because John 3:16 tells us that “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” If He loves you enough to die for you and you have to believe in Him to receive that blessing than I believe that He has provided enough information for YOU to believe. So I encourage you, ASK your questions, SEEK the truth, don’t just KNOCK on His door, but POUND on it until you see the truth He has to reveal to you, for if you SEEK Him, He will open the door for YOU! (Luke 11:9)

One Comment:

  1. Before we can even hear the Good News that Jesus gives us, before we can truly know it as “good” news, we have to first recognize and accept the “bad” news about ourselves.
    Frederick Buechner makes this point in his book: Telling the Truth: The Gospel as Comedy, Tragedy, and Fairy Tale. He writes:
    “The Gospel is bad news before it is good news. It is the news that I am a sinner; that when I look in the mirror what I see is at least partly a chicken, a phony, and a slob. That is the tragedy. But the Gospel is also the news that we are loved anyway, cherished, forgiven, bleeding to be sure, but also bled for. That is the comedy. And the fact that God, not only forgives us, but also grants us new life, well, that’s the fairy tale.”
    The cross stands as God’s statement that we have been given the freedom to be as we are and where we are. But “as we are” and “where we are” is not where God leaves us. God loves us too much to leave us to our own devices. God loves us too much for us to be satisfied with who we see in the mirror.