Are you convinced bout Jesus? I mean 100%, never look back, never question, always trust, convinced. I mean the sort of confidence that you can have everything removed from your life, everything you love and enjoy and still serve Jesus without blinking, without hesitation, without fear or worry? Are you so convinced that you do not care one minute what other people think or say about you? Is your confidence so great that you trust Jesus with today and all your tomorrows?
It is so easy to say yes to such questions but how much is this confidence In Jesus evident in your life? If it is so then you must be an incredibly bold and adventurous person, always trusting and obeying. You must have the most incredible sleep each night and spring from your bed each morning in eager anticipation of what God is going to do through you. You must be able to say with Paul:
That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day. (2 Timothy 1:12)
I know I am repeating myself, having already looked at this verse, but looking at it again, I am sure that we are missing something somewhere. Something just isn't clicking for us. Somehow, someway, we have lost the point of this Christian life. How can depression be part of us? How can there be a lack of hope? I don't mean a hope expressed by words but a hope that is evident in our actions as well as words.
Too many of us live a life defeated by everyday problems and circumstances. We are not living with eternal thinking. We read the words but we don't get it:
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. (2 Corinthians 4:16-17)
If Jesus is who we say he is, and if we love him as much as we say we do, then our confidence will be found in him and his promises, not anything of this world. If we lose everything here what does it matter compared to the eternal riches that are ours? It's only money here and that has no value in the eternal home that has been prepared. There is nothing here that should be able to disturb the gift of peace Jesus has given to us. If there is something that is disrupting our confidence it is because we are too much focused on the system of this world.
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:18)
You can listen to all the sermons you want. You can read as many books as you want. You can visit as many counselors as you want, but until your love for God becomes greater than any other thing in your life, you will not have the confidence and boldness to live your life for Jesus' glory. It's all or nothing. It's diving in the deep end or staying out of the pool. It is leaving the system of this world behind and walking in the promises of Jesus, or living a shallow and pretend faith. It is taking all of the Word of God or none of it.
So what will it be?