Lately I’ve been very convicted to share my faith on this blog. One of my resolutions this year was to put the following verse in action:
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…
-1 Peter 3:15
(the gentleness and respect part being the most difficult, of course!)
Because the last thing I want to be is a lukewarm Christian.
So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.
I don’t want people to doubt my love for Christ. I don’t want to doubt my own love for Christ. And I want to readily have an answer for each time someone questions my beliefs. As it says in my Bible’s footnotes, “there is nothing more disgusting than a half-hearted, in-name-only Christian who is self-sufficient. Don’t settle for following God halfway. Let Christ fire up your faith and get you into the action.”
Scary, right? It’s almost too easy to live my life lukewarm. Depending on God when it’s convenient and depending on myself the rest of the time. Not standing up for my beliefs, smiling and nodding to things I disagree with, and accepting Satan’s lies as truth.
Therefore my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
-1 Corinthians 15:58
And the significance of Christ’s death and resurrection does not elude me.
For 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.
I mean, He gave His ONE and ONLY son. For us. For sinners. For people destined to fail and surely to fall. And the beauty of His sacrifice is that we are saved. Only by God’s grace have we been saved.
But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved.
So what does this mean? We don’t have to live under the power of sin! The penalty of sin and death was destroyed on the cross so that we can stand confidently as children of God. To be seated with him in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 2:6).
So what DO I believe?
- I believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God. I believe he died on the cross, rose from the dead, and later ascended into Heaven.
- I believe the Holy Spirit lives within believers and intercedes for us in prayer
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.
- I believe the Bible is God’s inspired word. (All scripture is God breathed – 2 Timothy 3:16)
- I believe that God calls us to be baptized in His name and to continually renew that relationship by participating in Holy communion. 14 years ago I committed my life to Christ and haven’t looked back since.
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.
- I believe that Jesus Christ is the great high priest. That He is the church’s ultimate authority and to whom we confess our sins.
Fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess.
Praise God that we can talk to him whenever we want! That we can tell him whatever is on our heart (because He knows everything – 1 John 3:20) and we don’t have to be ashamed. He will not rebuke us (James 1:5) for what we bring to Him in prayer.
I can honestly say that 30 minutes ago, I had no idea what I was going to type. But I hope the words that I’ve said and scriptures I’ve shared can bless your lives in some way. I don’t want any readers of this blog (or people in my real life) to ever question my faith and love for Christ. I haven’t always been the best at this and I am anxious to see what this upcoming year brings as Seth and I have committed to study and hold each other more accountable. I am by no means perfect (although I’m sure you think I am – wink), but the best part is that I don’t have to be! And the most exciting thing to me now is sharing our faith with our children. There is nothing sweeter than hearing a small child pray to God and sing the words to Jesus Loves Me. The fact that God has entrusted us with 2 small, innocent, precious little boys to teach His word is both humbling and nerve-wracking!
I encourage you to do the same. Challenge yourself this year to learn the scriptures, to always have a reason for the hope that you have, and to be on fire for Christ. And if you don’t know him yet…He’s ready and waiting.