Christianity is one of a kind and for everybody. But not everybody will let it become their very breath of life. The Bible is ancient. True. It is not up to date and for our generation. Not up to date: FALSE. Not for our generation: OH YESS!!!! A resounding Yes! May I direct you again to the Ten Commandments. Never has there been a new sin created. Only the sins mentioned in the Commandments do we have today. Check it out. Over 3,000 years ago they were given to Moses. And today they are the only sins we have to contend with.
We Christians, particularly when we have loved ones who are not saved, find it difficult to talk to them. We stutter and we stammer around and keep putting off what we know we should do – – that being – – talk to that loved one. Don’t nag. But once, at least, talk with them about the Lord Who has done so much for you.
There are many reasons why we don’t. They know us too well. Our own Christianity hasn’t stood out from among their friends in particular. And we might feel that we don’t have the answers either. Thees, Thous and Thines don’t cut the mustard. It is knowing the Word, using the Word in daily living and sharing experiences from the usage that brings the Word to life for those who don’t know Him and really don’t want to.
There is always the problem of not wanting to upset the apple cart. Keeping the peace is more important than talking eternal life. Incidentally. Did you ever give any thought to the fact that we are not told to ever “keep” the peace. We are told to “make” the peace. “Blessed are the peace makers for they shall be called sons of God…”(Matt. 5:9).
For sure, we have an in-grown mission field. We don’t have to go abroad for years at a time. We can stay right here at home and work the field. Remember Jesus said, “The fields are white onto harvest” (John 4:35).
Perhaps you could get them started by offering to read one of “their” books if they will read MERE CHRISTIANITY by C. S. Lewis. If you don’t own a copy, you should. Exchange books and see what seed has just been planted. Whether it gets watered or not is the next question, but we must walk step at a time.
In Matt. 7:13 we read, “Heaven can be entered only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad and its gate wide enough for all the multitudes who choose its easy way” (LB).
Christianity is not a religion. Never was. It is a relationship with the Lord Jesus. “Blessed is the woman who trusts in the Lord and whose trust is the Lord”. What does that tell us?
“I want you to trust Me in your times of trouble so that I can rescue you and you can give Me glory”. What does this tell us?
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Remember this is not a definition but a description. What is our “hoped for”? It is the absolute assurance based on God’s Word. What on earth does that mean!!!! Well – – it means to stop making Christianity so difficult. Never in a life time will you ever know what God is thinking or doing nor why He is doing it. Forget that. Don’t try to understand ANYTHING.
Simply believe without questioning. God who made the stars, the universe, the moon, the sun, every living thing on the earth – – Well. I don’t understand either but if it is in the Bible, believe it. No questions or doubts. Perhaps not understanding but we will leave that to Him since we do not think as He does nor do things as He does.
He already tells us that “His ways are not our ways, nor are His thoughts our thoughts. Take God at His Word and don’t try to dissect everything. Believe it at face value. He is the only One you can do that with.
This is it! Study the Word. As we study God enlightens our mind and we go forth understanding only what He gives us, when He so chooses to do so. The Holy Spirit is within the believer and you will never be on your own to study and come up with solutions. Your thoughts will always be God-ordained and cookie cuttered just for you.
Till another time. Marge