When we choose to have a relationship with Christ and to follow God we choose to accept the Lord and all His entirety. This includes His commandments, His walk of life, and His instructions to us as His Bride. But just like in the beginning with the Israelites, Christians tend to fall in the same patterns. We cannot serve two masters and have God be pleased with us.
The world teaches we can have whatever we want.
But Jesus did not teach that.
Those who truly walk with Christ understand we cannot always have what we want or think we deserve. In allowing this lie to entertain us, we can easily become watered down Christians. And this is a problem. We are not to be ignorant at all when it comes to Christ and God.
The word ignorance is one letter short of fully spelling out the word, “ignore.” There are different views when it comes to others interpreting the word. But for the sake of this particular blog, I want to focus on the perceptive that many have the choice to be ignorant. Therefore people ignoring, willfully, what they can easily open their eyes to.
In short, what it means to follow Christ.
Pick Up Your Cross And Follow
Believing in God and Jesus is not the same as following Jesus and God. This can easily be the same as a child saying he believes in Santa. The child believes in Santa because the child enjoys and likes the purpose of Santa. It is, most likely, for completely selfish reasons of gain.
“I like Santa because he gives me stuff.”
And the only reason the child believes in Santa is more so in the rewards received than a playful trick that someone ate cookies.
Believing in God only when it is convenient for us is not following Christ. Believing in God solely and praying from time to time does not make one a follower of Christ. To be a follower of Christ, is just that, someone who follows Christ.
(NIV) John 12:26 “Whoever serves Me must follow Me; and where I am, My servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves Me.”
Believing in God and Jesus is only part of a huge commitment when we proclaim with our lips that we believe in God. To believe in Jesus means to believe in what He says and if we believe in what He says, then we believe we should follow Him and serve Him. If we fail in these areas, then we make ourselves out to be a liar.
Jesus Is The Way To God
This is where problems ensue. There is a constant warning that is told in the Old Testament.
(NIV) Exodus 20:03 “You shall have no other gods before Me.”
And because God is Alpha and Omega, let it be understood, we cannot worship anything and anyone other than God.
For anyone who is genuinely curious in asking, “How do we know that Jesus is God,” as we do believe Jesus Christ is the only way to God, here is the answer.
Through the various prophecies of the Messiah in the Old Testament, it is parallel to the New Testament in Jesus’ life. For this reason, many converted Jews who have struggled with Judaism and Christianity found solace in simply reading the two testaments together.
The answer remains in Jesus Christ. Therefore there is one God who took the form of man (Jesus) to atone mankind as the ultimate sacrifice (John 3:16 -17) and His Spirit manifests as the Holy Spirit.
Accountable For Reading Scripture
Jews who convert have done something that many Christians fail to do. Many Christians fail to read the very texts we claim to believe in. We are accountable for knowing scriptures and understanding them.
Some may argue that the disciples were not educated and for an extent this statement is true. However, they were TAUGHT by Christ. Like us, they started out as babes nursing on milk for nutrition. But as their relationship grew with Christ, they too grew up. Weaning away from milk and being able to eat meat. This means that when we start out we learn the basics (milk) of what we proclaim to believe in for example:
-The Ten Commandments
-Birth, Life, Death, Resurrection of Jesus
-Basic Bible stories such as Abraham, Moses, Jericho, Esther, David and Goliath, and Jonah to name a few.
Aside from bible stories, we need to understand salvation, grace, mercy and love. These all ground us as Christians. We gain sight and understanding through clarity of God’s words.
Through scripture, we are weaned into learning and understanding more of what it means to be Christlike. We then go into deeper scripture. Covering what it means to humble and the parts of our life we need to give up or to dedicate more time too. That includes understanding God Himself.
We turn from being mindless sheep into knowing exactly WHO our true Shepherd is and WHY we follow Him.
Keeping What We Want
Scripture is crucial because it is our armor. It is our history. It teaches us how so many fell in the past and how many are fallen Christians now. It goes back to the beginning, people choose to be ignorant.
Like the past with the Israelites, people want to worship more than one god.
(NIV) Exodus 34:14 “Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.”
The people are also told not to worship God the same way other gods are worshipped, like burning their children in the fire. They are also told not to worship the sky, the weather or other elements and not to make a carved image.
But many who claimed to believe in God did and fell away. There are many Christians today who want to mix beliefs even though the opposing beliefs are completely against what God deems holy. This causes a rift in the relationship with God because of this simple scripture.
(NIV) Matthew 6:24, “No one can serve serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despite the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
In this case money also represents what we want to do or what we want to have. Another religion or the world itself may promise attractive things. Yet we also want to hold onto God and Christ. But when we deny God of the commitment we promised Him and only to Him, again, we become a liar.
Taking God Out
And since we cannot bear that image of God to be upset with us, we remake Him in our image. Our image of how we would like our God to be. Accepting of what we choose for Him to be accepting of.
We make ourselves “feel better” believing lies.
It was He who gave us free will. Ironically, we completely take rid of His when we remake Him. We remake Him because we don’t want to give up what we want to keep.But we have already lost what is important.
Our relationship to Christ is shattered because it is non existent. It’s become a false relationship with a false god we created to make ourselves feel better.
We let go of the True God, and He sits back in sorrow and anguish simply waiting.
If we don’t understand what we proclaim to follow and believe, then we have become the house made of sand. Choosing to remain ignorant of the truth and ignoring the warnings of what we already know. Ready at any time to collapse.
~T. R. Noble