Do you struggle with knowing what to believe these days? Going in between what culture would have us believe and what God would have us believe leaves some work to do on our part. Do we go with the flow of culture or do we challenge ourselves to live lives pleasing to God and not man? Are we like culture or are we counter-culture?
Long gone are the days before internet access where we were told something and we couldn’t get too much in the weeds on proof. We either had to believe it or not. No fact checking, no ability to question too deeply the one who made the bold statement as a matter of fact. We either chose to believe it or not. Now, someone states something as a matter of fact and we whip out our Apple device and sus them out. Know-it-alls can be humbled now.
Unfortunately, modern advancements have led to a large culture of people who believe everything they are told without much fact checking invoved (which is nuts because we truly do have so much information at our fingertips to help us make more informed decisions). Then there is the other side – people who look into things and challenge the others who haven’t researched and then they fight – both with the boldness of knowing they are right.
Honestly, it doesn’t seem to make much of a difference in the grand scheme of things – even if it seems like it.
- With ever changing science, media that is bought and paid for by big money, at the end of the day you don’t get to carry your rightness into eternity. Unless of course, the topic is your life and what you chose to believe in regards to your enterance into the next life. We can’t all be right.
That makes all the difference in who is right and who is wrong about something.
What do you chose to believe? Democrat, Republican, Undeclared, Athiest, Christian, Muslim, Catholic, Media, Culture’s changing norms, maybe Science? Maybe a combination of them, but all of these have the same idea behind them – belief. We chose to believe things based on evidences (or lack thereof just blind acceptance) provided. What we chose to believe or not believe has profound implications on the trajectory of our lives. You have to have faith in people, ideas, and most importantly which God or god/s you will serve. Luckily for us humans, we have the choice.
- 14 “Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of [a]the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord! 15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of [b]the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:14-15, NKJV
Sure, the above is a Biblical reference for our choice, but just looking at life we see this is the case, regardless. People choose what they want to believe. We all have to have faith in every aspect of life.
- We were created with the right to choose who we would serve.
I see people all the time living out what they believe. Take the masks for example. Those that belive they make a big enough difference to wear them, well, they wear them. And those that don’t believe it helps or protects them, don’t.
- What we believe affects our behavior.
- What we don’t belive affects our behavior.
~ These two facts above make it crystal clear that it’s paramount that we pay attention to where we put our faith in regards to our sprititual life, not just our earthly life. Because – newsflash – we are all gonna die.
Truly everything we do that holds a candle to eternity will be governed by what we believe to be true and in turn how we live our lives here on earth. The moral compass we chose to live by as humans has a string of God’s law placed on mankind’s hearts. Ever notice how an athiest or agnostic can also believe murder is wrong? They may also believe stealing is wrong, lying is wrong, adultery is wrong. Who put that there on everyone’s heart?
- 13 “for it is not the hearers of the Law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the Law who will be justified. 14 For when Gentiles who do not have the Law instinctively perform the requirements of the Law, these, though not having the Law, are a law to themselves, 15 in that they show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience testifying and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them,” Romans 2:13-15, NASB
This is a cool set of verses. It’s saying that the Gentiles (those not of pure Jew lineage) who weren’t raised on God’s Words but are fully all over the place in regards to the gods they served, still have a similar set of moral beliefs. Where does this come from? God writing it on our hearts.
So now, we who chose to believe Jesus Christ of Nazereth, the Savior of the world – we have this charge. And it’s one I think we all can agree can be a huge challenge. I know it is for me.
- 23 “And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. 24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.” Luke 9:23, KJV
Not going to lie, I question myself a lot on this one.
Am I doing this? What am I denying myself? If I’m taking up a cross, it means I’m taking up my own death. So what am I dying to? Am I trying to preserve my life here on earth in some way?
I should probably spend every morning asking myself these questions. And then asking God to show me what that needs to look like for me. Maybe one day I’m in the weeds on stressing over professional opportunitites or decisions. Maybe I’m have a sad day over things that aren’t going my way. Possibly, the direction I’m looking is motivated by self interest only. What do I need to die to today? How do I lose my life for Christ’s sake?
I’m pretty sure if we stay consistent on our prayers to follow these verses, He will be faithful and just to bring us the wisdom He so graciously promises to help us work out our salvation.
Culture tells us to do whatever makes us happy. Follow our own path. Have your own truth. God says do the opposite. That true life is found in denial.
When we each learn every day what we need to do to follow Jesus, then we will have the confidence to say we took up our cross – and lived a life that was truly counter-culture.
I would love to hear your stories on how God worked on you with taking up your cross daily. Please drop it in the comments below!
Keep running the race diligently, sisters.