2 Timothy 3:12-17
"Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil people and imposters will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work."
-2 Timothy 3:12-17
When we give our life to Christ, many of us expect that our circumstances will change for our favor. Our circumstances and desired outcomes should be as we hope and pray they will be because we told God that we believe in Him, right? If this is your view of following Christ, think again. Read the scripture above again. Our circumstances don't always change when we accept Christ, but our hope does not lie in our circumstances anymore. Our hope lies in Jesus and the promises of God. Following God is not the assurance that our earthly lives will follow our agenda, but that we get serve a God that has a far greater agenda.
Too many times our churches formulate messages that make us feel like we fail in our faith because our situations remain the same. Though we are given many blessings in our lifetime, these blessings are not what we live for. We don't live a life following the rules of scripture so that God will bless our temporary life. If you do, I would challenge you to answer these questions:
Why do you believe in Jesus?
Do you want to walk like Jesus walked?
Why do you want to walk like Jesus walked?
Ponder these questions. If you can find answers to these questions, evaluate your answers. Do you believe in Jesus just because someone said you should, or do you believe in Jesus because you have such a faith in knowing that He was fully man and fully human? He came down to earth and understood temptation and pain. He was murdered and three days later He conquered death all because He wanted to live in eternity with you in heaven. Do you want to walk like Jesus walked because you've read and studied His life and desired His model of perfection? His love overcame the societal norms and was unconditional. His passion for the Father, so desirable. His passion for others to know God like He did was all too powerful. Do you want to walk like Him to flaunt your kindness, or do you want to walk like Him to show others the love that they were meant to receive? Walking like Jesus would assume leaving the ways of the world to live out the mission of God.
In a broken world that seems so hopeless there is a hope. His name is Jesus. You will face trials and tribulation. You might feel defeated. Don't forget that there is already a Champion. He has given you a model to follow after, a forerunner who showed you how to run the race of life. He has given us a Word that will remain faithful and truthful.
In reality, we often forget the blessing that we have in the United States of freedom of religion. Walking into a bookstore you can find a section with Bibles in it. You can pass many churches driving through the roads of your city. We take this for granted. He has provided a written Word. If you have no motivation to open the Holy book given to you, let this be motivation. God's voice is readily available to you. Read it. Learn it. Love it. He is speaking. The Word is alive and active. This book is a blessing, so I hope you will pick up the blessing.