Over the course of the past few weeks at Rose of Sharon Church, we have been getting back to the basics and reestablishing why we believe the way we do. For me, it meant getting back to the foundational truths that shaped me into the follower of Christ I am today and answer these questions (among others) for myself.
Why do I believe what I believe?
Who is Jesus to me?
Who is Jesus as those around me witness by the way I live?
Do my professed beliefs and my evident lifestyle align?
Every generation of the church has been forced to answer these vital questions for themselves. Somewhere along the way, though, we have desensitized the issues and added in the fluff that is the modern Christian language. We are focused, for the most part, more on the glitz and glamor of “doing church” than on the great commission and have like this given God and his church the great selfish commission of “feed me,” “serve me,” and “caudle me.”
So, with that in mind, how would you answer those questions? Do you know why you believe what you believe? Are you rooted enough in His word, in his love letter to you, that you firmly can answer a non-believer’s “why God” questions? Is his voice your favorite sound? Is his correction your fervent and steadfast hope for an eternity with him?
On the day when we all face Jesus, our responses to his sacrificial love and overcoming resurrecting power is all that matters. Find out for yourself, who Jesus is. Dig deep into the Word of God, firmly and definitively answer your questions as they arise (and they will), learn more about the intricate and unwavering love of Jesus, and seek to serve those around you with the diligence as we are called.