More Than Believing

More Than Believing

If I were to walk down the street and ask a few handfuls of people if they believe that Jesus Christ is the Messiah, I can guarantee that the majority would say yes. If I ask those same people if they pray throughout the day, I bet a few less would say yes. And if I were to again ask if they read the Bible on a daily basis, it’s without a doubt that only one or two would be able to honestly answer with a yes. This is unfortunate, but this is reality. Imagine every single person who says that they believe in Jesus Christ actually living out what they say they believe is truth. Imagine love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23) coming alive through the words and actions of every single person who says that they believe. What a different world we would be living in!

I’ve had people tell me that I take the scriptures too literal, but if you ask me, Christ literally took my place when he bled and died for my transgressions on Calvary. Who am I to do anything less than take His word at face value? We are to have the faith of a child, if the word says it, believe it! The Word is not a bag of trail mix where you can pick out the M&M’s and leave the raisins, you can’t pick and choose which scripture “works best” in today’s society because although society and culture change, God changes not!

Not every person who says that they believe will enter into the kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 7:21-23). There are a lot of people who say that they believe and have faith in Jesus Christ, but guess what? Even the demons believe and they tremble! (James 2:9) I know many people who tell me that they believe in Jesus Christ, but their actions speak quite the contrary; they are headstrong, lovers of pleasure instead of lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying it’s power, etc. (2 Timothy 3:1-5) Living in the ways of the world Monday through Saturday and confessing on Sunday, deliberately compromising what the Word says to entertain your own will, it will leave you weeping and gnashing your teeth in the lake of fire for eternity. (Revelation 20:15) Many will go before God and be denied and God’s wrath will be upon them because of their lukewarm attitude. (Revelation 3:15-16) It’s time we stop walking the fence. It’s time to forfeit the ways of this world and be consumed with a Holy Fire, pursuing nothing less than the upward call of Christ.

Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.” Matthew 16:24-27 (NKJV)

Being sold out for Christ means that “self” is no longer on the throne, but the One True God. We must deny ourselves and pick up our cross daily, adhering to every direction of the Father no matter what the cost is. Sometimes that means backing down from an argument with a coworker even if you are right, sometimes it means passing on an opportunity to hang out with friends to go before the Lord on another’s behalf, and sometimes it means letting your sibling have the last scoop of ice cream (being the oldest of seven, I know how difficult it can be to give up that last bit of ice cream. Haha.)

“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Matthew 7:13-14 (NKJV)

Being sold out for Christ takes more than simply believing the foundational truth of John 3:16, it takes undivided devotion to the narrow path, leaving no room for compromise. People will question you, they will mock you, and they may even hate you, but we must count all things of this world as a loss in order to gain Christ and be found in Him, that includes the opinions of others and the “riches” of this world. The narrow path will cost you everything, but you will gain so much more.

So, where are you, disciples? Are you willing to answer the upward call? Time is coming to its end; it’s now or never. Last day warriors, arise from the ash of yesterday. Let us be the army that charges the land, holding high the light that illuminates the fire within us. Let us be sold out, living with reckless abandon for the Lord. Let us do more than believe.

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Alyssa Kristine About Alyssa Kristine

Redeemed from childhood dysfunction and drug addicted and homeless teen years, Alyssa is winging adulthood with discernment of faith and striving for nothing less than the standard Christ created. She believes that the beauty of the cross is found in the broken pieces of life that are molded together into an astonishing sum of crimson stained grace and mercy.

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  1. Bettilu Davies says:

    Thank you, Alyssa. Some of what you said convicted me and all of it inspires me.

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  2. We need reminders like this, perhaps especially in this hectic time of year. Life pulls us in a million directions, but as you reminded us, there is only one way that is best.

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