There is a very powerful word that must be associated with religion, I would dare to argue that without this word you have nothing at all:
It’s easy to fall into religion. You study the texts or works of a specific religion and you soon start to believe what you are reading in. It is nearly impossible to have religion without faith. Or, you simply follow in the steps of your family…
It is IMPOSSIBLE to have Christianity without FAITH not just in the texts and works, but in Jesus Christ. His Birth, Life, Death, Resurrection, and Second Coming.
Sometimes I have a forced conversation with God. By forced, what I really mean is that beyond what I am feeling or thinking, I force myself to ask God a hard question. Let me clarify, it’s not a hard question for God to answer, it’s a hard question for me to ask…because of the answer I might get…
Jesus, am I for you? Or against you? In all that I do…am I really for you?
It is really easy to make assumptions, especially about our own lives. We can get so easily blinded, that it takes an encounter from Jesus to truly open our eyes.
1 Meanwhile, Saul was uttering threats with every breath and was eager to kill the Lord’s followers. So he went to the high priest. … 3 As he was approaching Damascus on this mission, a light from heaven suddenly shone down around him. 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?” 5 “Who are you, lord?” Saul asked. And the voice replied, “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting! 6 Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” … 8 Saul picked himself up off the ground, but when he opened his eyes he was blind. So his companions led him by the hand to Damascus. – Act 9:1, 3-6, 8 NLT
Could you imagine being Saul (Paul)? You have devoted your entire life to religion, to God. It has been your perception that your entire life, especially now, passionately pursuing God and his name!
Out of nowhere, knocked off your horse, and speaking practically face to face with Jesus. Then the heartbreak and confusion…“Why are you persecuting me?”
Saul was so blinded by his own passions and zeal that Jesus had to literally blind him to get his attention.
I never want to get to that place in my life…I want to remain passionate and zealous in pursuit of Jesus. But, to protect myself and others I must slow down and make myself ask the honest question of God.
Jesus, am I really for you? Or am I persecuting you?