10 February 2014

I Have to Believe

Walking toward the church this morning one of those bright smiles and a little girl wave caught my attention. My early morning greeting was enhanced by the sound running feet and the grasp of a child's hand in my own. The weeks of smiling and waiting, not wanting to be overbearing, finally over. Another brief greeting, lighted smiles, and we walked into the building, to find our places close to one another, excited to have a new friend. So few words and so much spoken.

I have to believe 
that my life is making a difference in the lives of those around me.
Purity of heart is a precious thing. It seems so often in this world that purity is hard to find. It's no wonder that Jesus told us to be in the world, but not of it. Sometimes at the end of the day, I feel like Peter, "not only my feet Lord, but all of me".

Then there are the children - their smiles, their laughter, their touch - sincere and pure. No guile found in them. They come to the sound of Praise, come to Worship, all come as they are - sincere. We must come as little children. Unfeigned. 

I have to believe
where sin abounds, grace does so much more abound.

As my day gave way to evening, I found myself thinking about unfeigned opinions. It's no secret that I'm a bit opinionated.  I'm not ashamed of my opinions, provided they are in agreement with the kingdom of heaven ~ sincere. 

Some years ago I traded my soapbox for a seat at the feet of Jesus. I still have strong opinions, but I also have some wisdom that is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. I have found the value of asking questions and extending mercy ~ compassion.

I have to believe
that it is right to stir one another to love and good deeds.

Still, I find the Spirit of God in me can be agitated when someone holds an opinion that does not agree with Him. I don't mean agitated in an angry sense, but rather, agitated with compassion, like pot of water coming to a boil - there is a purpose in the agitation - an expectation that something will be accomplished, that something new will take place in the very near future. Be it a cup of tea or mashed potatoes, the agitation of the water does not lack for purpose.

Neither does the agitation of the Word in my spirit, lack for purpose.

Opinions are like fuel to the fire under the pot. The flame must be controlled in such a way as to produce enough heat to agitate the contents and produce a positive effect. But left unchecked either the pot or its contents may be destroyed.

I have to believe
that God is True and every man a liar.

I've been known to refer to opinions that differ from the Word of the Lord as "lies against the truth". That statement tends to make people uncomfortable. Especially Christians who claim to believe the Bible is true and speak contrary to it. It sort of agitates them. 

I could word it differently. Romans tells us that people exchange the truth of God for a lie. They make our uncorruptible God into an image of corruptible man and worship the creation rather than the Creator. Today, Christians are appalled at such a suggestion, and yet, that is exactly what they do. 

In situations where a person experiences something different than the Word of God, many will exchange the truth of the Word of God for the lie of experience, particularly if they have the same experience many times. Some are very insistent that their experience is 'reality'. When in fact their experience has simply created an opinion that is in opposition to the Truth and they have chosen to give more value (worship) to their opinion than to the truth. 

The exchange comes with a variety of excuses and explanations, but the end result is the same and seeks to absolve a person from responsibility. This creates a system of idolatry ~ worshiping the creation rather than the Creator.  

I have to believe
that He is God and I am not.

Responsibility falls on either God or on the individual. The church must maintain true grace. Grace is not a license to sin; rather, Grace enables. True grace removes the lie, provides the truth and thereby sets the captive free. It is when the individual takes on the responsibility of believing God, in spite of contrary circumstances, that grace enables him to appropriate the truth.

I have to believe
that God is faithful and true.

I have to believe 
the Word of God divides my soul from my spirit.

I have to believe...

With His Heart.

"There shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts"
2 Peter 3:3

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