Considering the world that we are living in and the state of America (and the world), there’s a wonder why we should believe.
We question the validity of coming to church on a Sunday morning to worship God and believe in His son, Jesus Christ.
We don’t even take it that far.
We question the existence and character of God.
We begin to put together questions and answers in an attempt to place God on trial: the challenging “if-then” statements of our time: “If God is real, then [insert antidote]”
The doubts, the questions, the cynicism, the skepticism, the “free thinking” seem reasonable at first glance.
But, in spite of what the condition our world is in, I still choose to believe!
I choose to believe that Jesus still lives! I choose to believe that He died for me and He died for you too!
I choose to believe because I look at the evidence in my own life both spiritually and even in the physical that proves that Jesus IS who says He is and that God is real and loves you and me.
I must acknowledge that while some amazing and awesome and wonderful things are happening in my life, I do experience trouble and challenges, which is a part of life.
Years of low self-esteem, low confidence, depression and a poor appreciation for my identity was something I struggled with for a long, long time.
It took a lot of prayer, counseling and building of real, healthy relationships with people.
In many cases, God put people in my life to help lift me up and help grow me up…people who actually cared, who listened and who empathized with my situation but also told me the truth about myself and about my situation.
Even when circumstances didn’t change immediately, I felt the sting of discomfort and disorientation and confusion.
But, through Christ, I was able to deal with the status of being up or down, rich or poor and doing things I don’t necessarily want to do but have to do in life:
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Also, the Lord already overcame this trouble filled world:
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
I choose to believe and I choose to have faith because I’ve experienced too much of God and Christ in my own life to even think that both are made up. The message of the Gospel hits me at my core and moves me to live for Him.
The evidence of knowing God and Christ will show up not only in your own personal walk but also for others who see you and speak to you!
I’ve been through too many moments in life that have tested my faith to the limit…moments that I’ve fallen so hard I didn’t want to live…moments I felt so confused I almost decided to throw in the towel…moments I felt so lost and alone that I questioned my existence.
Then, God reminds me, He loves me. He reminds me through His son Jesus, who took my place and in turn has freed me from the guilty, penalty and power of sin.
My declaration is not a naive notion. It is real. It is real because my relationship with God and Christ is real.
Today, now more than ever, it is imperative to keep the faith.