God is Who He Says He Is
God Calls Us to Action
Sometimes as we go throughout our day, we struggle with how we should respond to things that are difficult. Sometimes we struggle with how to handle things that make us cringe. Some of those things are the things our own children do, some are things that their friends do, and some are the images we know they’ll undoubtedly take in at some point. Throughout that cringeworthy stuff, God’s Word is clear about who He is.
There is no confusion on who God says He is, but sometimes we like to muddle up that information. We take the word of our society for fact and disregard what’s written in scripture. One of our pastors preached out of the book of Hebrews this past Sunday, you can listen here, and was referencing hearing when God speaks. Hebrews 2:1 cautions that we must pay closer attention to what Christ has taught us so that we don’t drift away from His truth and into the decorated rabbit hole the world offers. When we stay focused, the author of Hebrews also encourages us to consider the promise of remaining in the rest that God offers us in salvation. But, not to remain idle in that promise of rest, but to be willing to share the saving knowledge we have so that no one fails to also take part in that rest.
There, in that passage, is the challenge and the encouragement for us as believers. Our actions ought to be driven by the fear that those we know won’t spend eternity with us in the presence of God. Not that we should spend our time looking over our shoulders all day in fear, but that our hearts should be broken for those who don’t know Jesus. When we live the life God has called us to live, He will shine through us to those who don’t know Him.
As the Psalm says, “Good and upright is the Lord; therefore He instructs sinners in the way. He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble in His way. All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and His testimonies.” He provides the instruction, and He leads those who are humble in the way He leads them. He uses us, at times, to bring those who need to know Him to that saving knowledge. We have to spring to action, not remain content in absorbing everything. As Andy Mineo says “When you start to eat, you lose your hunger then grow fat.” We can eat and drink of the Lord, but we’re also called to remain hungry for righteousness, and hungry to see others come to know Jesus.
Stay hungry, my friends.