Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Are You Going on With Jesus?
Many of us turn back from going on with Jesus from the very moment we have an experience of what He can do. Watch when God changes your circumstances to see whether you are going on with Jesus, or siding with the world, the flesh, and the devil. We wear His name, but are we going on with Him?
I've experienced some changing circumstances. Some good and some not so good-my brother dying, depression, losing another loved one, marriage, low income, no income, children, best friends moving to other countries, my father dying, my mother's aging and dementia, my children growing...and needing me less and less, the disappointment of being unable to find a job after going into debt to earn a Masters Degree,...actually I have it pretty easy compared to so many in the world. This is all that's gone wrong in my life?
Anyway, my point is that everyone goes through changes. Sometimes these changes are very good and sometimes they are painful. In either case, it is easy to stop following Jesus. If things are going great...we sometimes slack off in following him. It seems we are doing fine on our own. If things are going terrible, it might be easy to say, "Where is God? He doesn't love me!"
We can't be Christians in name only-showing up at church, saying the mealtime prayer, saying the right things because we all know "church talk." That's not enough. I was "raised born again." I hardly know how to live another way. But is it in my heart? We need to be Christians in our hearts. In needs to be sincere through the good times and the bad. Steadily onward.
Jesus Christ’s honor is at stake in our bodily lives. Are we remaining faithful to the Son of God in everything that attacks His life in us?
Image: The score of the hymn: Onward Christian Soldiers.