I get a little nervous just before I post something about faith or scripture on social media. Right after I post I am glad I did because some of the people who like the post or comment surprise me. Then why the nervousness? Then why the slightest doubt?
I was not sure until I thought for a little bit. It may be the same reason why people are trying to take “In God We Trust” off of our money. It may be the same reason why “The Pledge of Allegiance” battles to stay the same in our schools. It may be the same reason why it is more acceptable to pray to the universe than it is to pray to God.
The evil one whispers in our ears and we are constantly battling against him. The material things of the world and political correctness have come way to the wrong side.
I do not want to offend anyone. I just want to inspire. I know what the Word of God is doing in my life, so let me be honest. I was the one praying to the universe. I was the one wondering why the dollar still said that. I was the one following false prophets. I was the one not believing. I was the one not following. I was the one looking around instead of looking up!
I recently started reading a book called “Not A Fan” by Kyle Idelman. He writes about how most of us think we are following Jesus Christ but are really just fans. He explains how some people think by going to church and putting a fish on the back of their car it makes them a follower. Meanwhile, they keep doing the same sins without repentance. They keep taking from the world without making deposits. Yet they feel they are following because they know what Jesus said and how He lived. But they do not live as Jesus lived. They do not love as Jesus loved. They do not know Jesus.
I feel like a fan most of the time. I feel like I make too many withdraws and not enough deposits. I feel I do not really know Jesus. I am reminded of this when I go to post something that I know might help someone and I think “what if people are offended?” I think “what if they don’t believe like I believe?” I think “what if they are suffering and what I post will push them farther from God?”
I am so thankful people didn’t think of this when they talked to me about faith. I am so thankful they had their Faith, and in my suffering, gave me Hope. God’s love poured in their hearts through the Holy Spirit because of their Faith.
Romans 5:1-5 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
Sometimes I feel, in those moments of doubt, that I am not following Jesus. I feel more like I am chasing Him. He is just walking at the same pace but I fall behind. I keep running to catch up. He is right there and I slip. I hear Him call me and I hesitate. Then I realize He is with me and it is ok. He gives me strength. And I run to catch up.
I know we all fall down sometimes. I know we all hesitate. I know we all have those moments when the world and the evil one whispers in our ears telling us lies! I suggest to you, and myself, to just put in our ear buds, lace up our sneakers, and run to Jesus.
Because as it is written……
John 14:6-7 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen Him.”