Do you take your faith seriously? Does it mean anything to you?
Allow me to restate that. Do you take your relationship with Jesus seriously? Is it just something in the books that people talk about or is it personal? Cause I don’t know what you believe, but I know that Jesus loves you and wants to enter in a personal relationship with you. He’s investing in you. Invest back. Maybe you’ll even find some value in it too. Wouldn’t that be something?
Isaiah 40:31 says,
“but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.”
If we go back a few thousand years, we have the disciples wondering what just happened. They’ve been following Jesus around for months and now He’s dead. Gone just like that. Now what?
And then three days later, they saw Him. He is risen from the dead! I would think that changed things for them. He didn’t abandon them, it was all part of God’s redemption plan.
So, are we taking this Jesus thing seriously? Jesus did. He died for us. For you. Not out of obligation, but out of love.
Ephesians 2:4-5 says,
“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.”
I encourage you to take your beliefs seriously; don’t live life as a system. Explore and dig deeper into the plan God has for you. Our God doesn’t just sit in the clouds watching us and telling us what to do. He walk with us, he feels our joys and our sorrows. He dwells in us. Walking through life with God is an adventure that I would hate for anyone to miss out on! God has a plan for each of us, but will we follow Him or go our own way? We often think our way is better, but who are we to think so? I know I am definitely guilty as charged. Sometimes I think that if I bind myself to my routine and comforts in life I won’t go crazy. Well, it turns out my plan does just to opposite. When I live my life as a system I do one of two things: get bored or go crazy. Neither are ideal. But when I focus on God and let Him guide my life, somehow I survive.
“Yet I am always with you;
you hold me by my right hand.
You guide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will take me into glory.
Whom have I in heaven but you?
And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.”
God is with me and with you everyday. Why do we ignore that so easily? Why do we live life wondering were God is? He’s right there! He’s always there! But sometimes it feels like He isn’t. I wonder whose fault that is? Do we even recognize that God is there with us throughout the day? If we pay more attention, I would think that our lives would change. God’s love would resonate through us. He presence would be made known in our lives and through us. But sometimes I think we forget He’s there. Oh, how that must break our Father’s heart?
So I’m going to ask you a question you’ve likely heard many times. Who is Jesus?
Now wait. What did you think? What was your first response? “Oh that question again” or “Here we go again”. Why? Why is your face downcast as you list “information” of who Jesus is. You should light up and rejoice! He loves you and wants a personal relationship with you! There are many names for Jesus, but what is He to you?
Jesus shows up in our lives both when we want Him, and when we don’t. However, He can help you wherever you are and whatever situation you find yourself in. So, how are we treating Him? Are you blaming Him when things for south, when your plan doesn’t flow through smoothly. Why do we blame Him for all the crap and not thank Him for the good?
Too often we focus on ourselves, and we focus on the problem. But what if, we focused on God; if we truly worshipped and deliberately met with God each day. Would your face look different when you leave church on Sunday? It should.
Acknowledge Jesus, pray to Him may He open your eyes.
Jesus Curses a Fig Tree (Matthew 21)
18 Early in the morning, as Jesus was on his way back to the city, he was hungry. 19 Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” Immediately the tree withered.
20 When the disciples saw this, they were amazed. “How did the fig tree wither so quickly?” they asked.
21 Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. 22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”