Hello old friends, new followers and fellow bloggers-
So I was reading my devotional this morning( I’m doing this study at Elisha and faith, etc.), when the writer posed such a brilliant question:
Do you believe and act on faith all the time or just when it’s convenient for you?
I don’t really know about you, but this question kind of hit me in the heart and made me question my level of faith, trust and belief in God. I would like to say that I’ll obey and act in faith at all times, but I haven’t been tested in opposition to truly test that answer. It’s so easy to answer questions when you are not going through that hardship that’ll test your answer. So I thought long and hard, I would like to think that I would obey in the midst of opposition. I would like to think I would obey, even if I have to go alone. I would like to think that all in all, no matter what happens- I would obey.
I look at my life and think about how many times, I’ve placed God on hold as a matter of convenience. Either I was too tired or not motivated, or I wanted to do something else first; either way I found my faith and belief strong when it was convenient for me. I think I suffered from what the Christians of today suffer from: this notion that Christianity is supposed to be comfortable, costing us nothing. It’s foolish to think that Christianity doesn’t have a cost, being that the leader of this grand movement gave his life for mankind. He paid the ultimate price so that we could be reconciled with the Father. I remember reading Matthew 16: 24-25 and getting very upset that Christ himself said, “If you want to follow me: Deny yourself, take up your cross and follow me.” Signifying that in this lifestyle we call Christianity there is a cost, but all and all it’s worth it to stay with Christ. Denying oneself, takes out the problem of convenience and makes obedience a must whether we understand or not. Since reading that scripture angry that one day, I matured and realized that my denial is not something to harm me but rather God’s way of creating an opportunity for me to grow into my purpose. He knew I would mess myself up, so He took me and my desires out of the equation. He stopped my destructive plan before it even started.
The Word has a way of “convicting” me, making me want to be better and to understand more; I pray the Word does the same for you. Faith and belief is not something to be utilized when its useful for us, but something that should be utilized regardless of the situation or circumstance. Enjoy the rest of your day!
Until next time,
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