Monday, 10 October 2016

Living a Thankful Life

Yesterday, God spoke. And my soul was touched with His words.

Yesterday, I was asked, "What is the saving gospel of Jesus Christ? Do you know who you're trying to live for? Do you believe God's word- truly believe that every word of the Bible is God's truth?" 

Yesterday, I was asked, "Do you have the burden to share this saving knowledge of God?"

Yesterday, I was asked, "Isn't it time to act?"

I have been on a life-long journey of trying and failing to follow God's will. I desire to serve and follow God, to be the hands and feet of Jesus. I have done my best to follow, but that best still remains imperfect. It is only through God's saving grace that I get up each morning to try again. To admit to my many failures and to reconfirm my belief in God. 

Too many times I find myself getting comfortable. Selfishly enjoying my surplus income, my amazing job, my lack of problems. Too many times I find myself complaining, "It's too hot out!" "There's nothing to eat in this house!" And, when something truly trying happens, such as the sudden death of an old friend, I cry out, "It's too much God! Why does this have to happen to me?"

But, if I think about it, and I mean really think, what do I have to complain about? I am blessed beyond measure. I have the ability to teach in an incredible school. I can share my faith without fear of persecution. I have such a surplus of food that I actually have to watch my weight. I can walk down the street without fear for my life. This Thanksgiving, how can I not be thankful? 

And it is because of this thankfulness that I feel compelled to do more. In living a life of gratitude, how can I merely sit content in my blessings? Should I not feel compelled to go out? Do I believe in the truth of the Bible? That every word is the word of God? Yes! Do I believe that God meant was He said? Yes! Then what am I going to do about it?

Gandhi once said, 

I have been given a document whose words can bring peace to this world. But I read it as if it's good literature. GOD'S WORD- I read it as if it were good literature! 

“Only Jesus would be crazy enough to suggest that if you want to become the greatest, you should become the least. Only Jesus would declare God's blessing on the poor rather than on the rich and would insist that it's not enough to just love your friends. I just began to wonder if anybody still believed Jesus meant those things he said” (Shane ClaiborneThe Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical). 

Do any of us really believe that Jesus meant the things He said? Do we? Do our actions back out beliefs? Or do we just follow the parts that fit our lifestyles and ignore the rest? Do we highlight the parts of the Bible that work for us and claim that the rest applies to other Christians. 

“Christianity is at its best when it is peculiar, marginalized, suffering, and it is at its worst when it is popular, credible, triumphal, and powerful” (Shane ClaiborneJesus for President: Politics for Ordinary Radicals). Is Christianity peculiar? Are the church marginalized? Are we suffering? Really? 

We have been given the very Word of God! Are we reading it as if it were nothing more than a piece of good literature? Or are we reading His Word as if Jesus really meant those things He said? 

"Love your neighbour as yourself" (Matthew 22:39)
"Go and make disciples" (Mark 28:19)
"Do not worry" (Matthew 6:25)

God, help me to truly live my life according to your word.