“And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” ~ Matthew 28:18
As I was reading the first chapter of Disciples Indeed by Oswald Chambers, I really wanted to highlight every single word in the the first chapter entitled “Belief.” Chambers really opened up my mind to understand what true belief in God is as a Christian. Chamber states, “There is a difference between believing God and believing about Him, you are always conscious of the latter, it makes you prig. If by letting your beliefs go you get hold of God Himself, let them go” (12-13) Most people know of God and surprisingly a lot of people know some of the stories told in the Bible but what are you and I doing to help these people come to believe IN God?
Let us look up what the word prig means first. A prig is a self-righteously moralistic person who behaves as if superior to others. It saddens me to think that there are people out there that believe that us as Christians are a bunch of prigs. Which brings me to a question: is my walk with God where it should be? Honestly this is a hard question to answer because as sinners we want to justify our actions but as Christians we cannot have one foot in the world and the other in Christ. Good and evil cannot mix otherwise we’re deceiving the people we’re trying to minister to. And I’m not perfect either. I make mistakes but thankfully I have a great set of family and friends who will always put me in my place when I am out of line and they know that they can count on me to do the same.
The following paragraph in the first chapter states, “Beware of worshipping Jesus as the Son of God, and professing your faith in Him as the Saviour of the world, while you blaspheme Him by the complete evidence in your daily life that He is powerless to do anything in and through you” (Chambers, 13). Chambers is right on point with this. How are we suppose to minister to others if our lives are on the contrary of who God is? Just like dogs can tell if someone is a good or bad person, it is easy for non believers to tell if a Christian is whole heartedly sold out for God or is faking it. Everyday is a battle for us to not fall into sin and to not doubt God’s power. Everyday we must strive to be Christ like. Yes we will fall short but we must believe that God is all powerful in and through us. “The greatest challenge to a Christian is to believe Matthew 28:18 – ‘All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth.’ How many of us get into a panic when we are faced by physical desolation, by death, or war, injustice, poverty, disease?” (Chambers, 13). It is normal for us to be afraid when life’s situations are out of our control but we must constantly be looking to God whether the situation is controlled or not because ultimately God is in control of it all.
Chambers last statement in this chapter is as follows, “All these in all their force will never turn to panic the one who believes in the absolute sovereignty of his Lord” (13). This is plain and simple. God is not the author of confusion. You either believe in God in His entirety or not at all. Yes there will always be days when we will fail to see God’s goodness but we must remember why we believed in God in the first place. There is a moment in all of our lives that caused us to believe in God and Satan would love for us to forget but we must hold tight to our belief. Let’s help our fellow believers who are struggling to continue to believe in God. Lets be there for those who feel lost and scared. I am not someone who is a big fan of politics but let us remember that God is on the throne. Let us pray that the lesser of the two sins wins america’s vote but let us ultimately pray for the Lord’s will to be done. God will never put us in a situation that He knows we could not handle. I pray that us as Christians would believe whole heartedly in God and that our lives would not be deceitful but a Christ like example to those around us. God bless you and keep you!
“‘Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’ Amen.” ~ Matthew 28:19-20