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Do we believe?

This question is for real. Do you believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior? It’s a question that is often avoided for some reason. Even in many churches, it often isn’t asked. Ultimately, your faith is your own. It’s a personal conviction. You either have it or you don’t.

 

From the time we are born, we are exposed to God and his creation. He has planted in us his truth. His code for living is in our DNA, he is our creator…we know it. But at the end of the day, we each have to evaluate the evidence and make our choice of what we believe to be true. Jesus tells us in John 14:6 that “I am the way and the truth and the life.” Romans 1 talks about this directly. Scripture, if we believe it, is chalk-full of wisdom that leads us toward him and reveals truth.  

 

We can see that over time, attenders of the local church have found themselves attending more for the comfort of tradition and familiarity it offers, than for the originally intended purpose of worshiping God collectively and living in community as believers and followers of Christ. Hearers and Doers, if you will. We have forgotten why the church exists to some extent.

 

That said, the world has stopped believing in the church. It has become a social club, a political party and place to listen to a good story. Insert John 11:35 “Jesus wept”.

 

So, moving forward, if we proclaim to be followers of Jesus Christ, wouldn’t it make sense that we would want to know him? We wouldn’t just follow someone around and pretend to be part of their club if we didn’t know who they were, would we? That seems strange.

 

So if we attend church, attend church functions, proclaim to be a Christian, it would make sense that we have read the Bible right? Like not parts of it, but the whole thing! And not only read it, but studied it….like really studied it. Right?

 

This sounds super simple and silly, but is it? Maybe a way to measure if this is true for you is to ask these questions…

 

Do you seek to read scripture? Are you hungry for his word? Does it fill you once you’ve read it?

Once you’ve read it, do you feel convicted in any way? Does reading scripture evoke a desire for change in your life? Does it bring you hope? Does it make you want to love better? Does it bring about peace and desire for reconciliation? Does it require you to repent and forgive?

 

Reading the bible is TRANSFORMING! I am convinced that it is impossible to read it and not be moved to transformation. So it stands to reason that we could assume that with the decline of the church and such, that not only are we not reading the bible, but also that we don’t really believe? Believe: accept (something) as true; feel sure of the truth of.

 

This quote by Loren Cunningham says it all to me. “Lip service to God doesn’t change lives or nations. Owning a Bible that we never read won’t change us either. It takes reading the Bible  and obeying God by the power of his Holy Spirit. As we obey him and his Word, we grow in character. God’s Word becomes part of us, the standard for all of our lives.” This is what transforms!

 

If we want school shootings, movie shootings, club shootings, church shootings, hate, and division to stop, we have got to pick up the instruction book and start paying attention. Crossfit Bible, we can call it. Intense workout of the heart, mind and soul. God has given us the most amazing road map that leads to love, peace, acceptance, obedience, wisdom, healing, grace, mercy and all the other good stuff. We HAVE to pick it up and hungrily gnaw through the pages, consuming them with eagerness and expectation.

 

My prayer for you is that something here resonates with you. That something jars you and moves you to action. The Lord is calling all the brave and courageous. Love is calling!

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