|My mom's Bible.|
I went home from church that day and it just really kept bugging me. I sat down and thought about what he had said (he's said it dozens of times since and I smile, knowing what he means). It finally dawned on me...the meaning behind it. We say we believe in something...a Scripture, a saying, a teaching, an ideal. But do our lives reflect that we believe it's true? Do we live like it's true? Or are we just giving lip service to something we really don't quite believe will work in our lives.
For example, the Bible says "God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and of a sound mind." II Timothy 1:7 What if it's true? I say I believe it. But do I live like I believe it? Can you tell I believe it? Does my life look like I don't have fear or do I seem fearful? Do I look like I walk in love and have a sound mind? Or am I grouchy, mean spirited and out of sorts with people? Really, what if it's true? Shouldn't it be evident in my life if it's true?
What our pastor is trying to tell us is that if we say we believe something to be true, then our lives should reflect that belief. What if it's true that God is love? What if it's true that I'm forgiven? What if it's true that He will never leave me nor forsake me? Can you tell that I believe those things by looking at my life? Our pastor is trying to make us think about what we say we believe.
Thinking this way has really changed my life. Now, when I say I believe in something, I examine my life to see if it's truly something that has settled in my heart as reality; or is it something that I hope is true or think it's only true for others or it would be so nice if it were true? Are these beliefs merely head knowledge or have they become heart knowledge to me?
The Bible says, "but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint" (Isaiah 40:31). What if it's true?
From His lap,