October 25, 2020

Pastoral Nuggets: Our History Reveals Jesus’ Impact Upon Our Lives

Brother-Aaron-236x300“Lord, my history reveals how personally Your truth impacts my life.”

That’s a sobering statement, isn’t it?  You see, we can say whatever we want about our faith in Jesus Christ.

However, our history reveals how personally His truth impacts our lives. And by the way, belief, or faith if you will, is a verb. It doesn’t simply describe an act of the mind. It describes an act of the mind that produces action in the life of the believer!

Therefore, it’s not what we are saying that counts. It is what we are doing, our history, that counts. And if our lives have no history of our faith in Jesus producing action, then there’s a word for that: Hypocrisy. (The practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behavior does not conform; pretense.)

I believe one of the saddest indictments against the church and Christianity today is that we have lost the art of believing God. Romans 4:3(KJV) says, “For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.”

Was this simply a mental state of being? No! It was belief that produced action!  Sadly, we have reached a point today where no action is expected from a person who professes faith in Jesus Christ, and none is given.

I recently heard faith in Jesus Christ defined as the believer signing a blank contract for their life, handing it to Jesus, and trusting Him to fill in the details as He deems appropriate to do so. Salvation is relinquishing control of our lives to him!

When it comes my time to die and somebody is reminiscing about me, I hope there are three things that my life history will reveal.

First, I hope my life history reveals that I went as I was led of God to go – not as I was led of momma or daddy, my wife, my family, my church, finances, chance, tradition, opportunity, or as I was expected to go, rather as I was led of God!

Going as you are led of God doesn’t always make sense. In fact, many times it makes absolutely no sense at all! Sometimes you feel like a salmon swimming upstream. Sometimes you can identify with Peter stepping out of the boat to walk on the water. It just doesn’t make sense.

However, there’s an important lesson to learn here. God never promised us that where He leads us will make sense. He just wants us to simply trust and obey Him! And He is under no obligation to ever explain to us why He led us the way He led us. There’s no promise that we’ll understand it better by and by!

Secondly, I hope my life history reveals that I went when God led me to go. Timing is everything. We can do the right thing at the wrong time and make it wrong! You don’t believe me? Men, try giving your wife a birthday present the day after her birthday! Yea!

Thirdly, I hope my life history reveals that I went where God led me to go, as implausible as it may seem. The Bible is filled with implausible acts of faith. The Three Hebrew Boys went into a fiery furnace. The Man Borne by Four went through a roof that had been removed to be placed at the feet of Jesus. Jesus went to Calvary. And on and on I could go.

“Lord, my history reveals how personally Your truth impacts my life.” I hope it reveals I went, as I was led by God, when I was led, and where I was led!  How about you?

Brother Aaron  

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