Reposted from Chris Martin Writes
I don’t want to admit this, but I will. I’m all about being open and transparent with my readers. You aren’t going to Google me and find a skeleton party in my closet. I want to be honest with you.
I love Golden Corral.
There. I said it out loud. Whew. That wasn’t nearly as difficult as I imagined inside my head. I’m a sucker for an all you can eat buffet. GC, Chinese, pizza, etc.
I love the variety that a buffet offers. It’s usually impossible, but I try to get a little taste of everything. In the past, I would polish off four plates and not think anything of it. These days, however, I stop myself at two. I’m in my forties now. I can’t eat like I used to. Don’t you just (insert verb of your choosing here) people who can eat all day long, and not gain an ounce? Tape worm or metabolism? I don’t know.
When it comes to the Gospel, Jesus makes it crystal clear what’s available to us as believers.
The Gospel isn’t a buffet where we pick and choose what we want, and discard the rest.
Why would we not want it all? Christianity is divided into so many different denominations, doctrines, and beliefs, that’s it’s impossible to keep up with them all. Most times, each church or ministry has one main focus. They operate in one small portion of the Gospel.
Some are driven to help the poor.
Some focus on discipleship.
Some on healing.
Some have deliverance ministries.
Some completely ignore the gifts of the Spirit.
Some preach the Bible, but stay away from Holy Spirit.
Some chase after signs and wonders.
If those of us, who call ourselves Christians, can’t even agree with each other, why would a non-believer want anything to do with what we say we have?
In Mark 16:17-18, Jesus says this:
And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.
And in John 14:12-13, He says:
Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. 13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.
What did Jesus do while on the Earth?
Healed the sick. Made the lame walk. Cast out demons. Raised the dead.
I don’t know what He means by “greater things”, but I want in.
There’s a catch, though. I know why everyone is not on board with all of these things.
Too often, we base faith on our experiences and not on the words from Scripture that were penned in red.
We might pray for someone to be healed, and they aren’t. We say healing isn’t for today.
We beg, plead, and lay hands on a still child, but they don’t come back to life. We say raising the dead is absurd.
We command evil spirits to leave someone, but nothing happens. We say casting out demons doesn’t work.
We quote Biblical promises, post them on our Facebook and Twitter all day long, and believe they are true, but yet we don’t truly believe the very words that Jesus spoke.
It doesn’t matter what we have or haven’t seen. None of that changes the truth of God’s Word.
Faith isn’t receiving news that a loved one has cancer, freaking out in fear, and then begging God to do something. Faith is knowing that even when someone we love is stricken with a horrible disease, the Gospel doesn’t change. It’s knowing that only good things come from above. It’s knowing that the enemy is here to kill, steal, and destroy.
And it’s believing that we have the power inside of us that raised our Savior from the darkened tomb.
Let’s seek first righteousness and His Kingdom. Let’s walk in faith. Let’s do it all together