If I could prove to you beyond a reasonable doubt that God exists and has made Himself and His plan known to us through the pages of the bible, would you then worship and follow Him?
There are really only three basic answers to that question, with many variations on a theme.
1. “No, I don’t think I would choose to believe no matter what you told me.”
Ok. You’ve decided, for whatever reasons, to not believe. Maybe it’s what you were taught. Maybe you were hurt by so-called church people. Or a myriad of other reasons. I respect your decision. But I pray that someday you will see past the human failure and teaching, and see God’s truth in all His beauty and glory.
2. “Yes, I think I’d say I’d at least consider it.”
Great! Let’s talk. I could never hope to answer your very personal questions in a blog post. I might not even be able to face to face. But if you’ll contact me I’ll do my best, with His help, to point you in the right direction.
3. “I already have.”
Welcome brother or sister! How are you doing in your walk with Him lately? Following Christ is so much more than saying prayers and going to church. Let’s start with the very basics:
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.
Love your neighbor as you love yourself.
Mark 12: 30-31
Loving God means putting Him first. It means learning to think and feel the way He does. It means letting God and His word change our mind and our heart to reflect Himself. It means spending your precious time getting to know Him. It means doing the things He said to do and not doing the things He said not to. Remember all those do’s and don’ts? Yeah, He meant that. Easy to preach, hard to do. But again, more important than what we do or don’t do is who we are.
Loving our neighbor is tougher. It means caring about and for those around us. The ones closest to us. The ones that can’t help us in our life or work. The ones that aren’t like us. The ones that seek to do us harm. Everyone. It means stopping to notice people. It means interrupting our day. It means giving away our three most prized ‘possessions’; time and money and self.
But always remember, we do these things not to GET God to love us, but rather BECAUSE He already loves us. It is all too easy to slip from a life of gratitude to Christ into a life of rules and lists and have-to’s.
May God grant you peace in your journey and heaven at the end.