Do you Know What you Believe?
By Joe Keim
November 1, 2014
Every single hour of our life, we are faced with distractions and interruptions in this world, which makes it ever so difficult to stay glued to what is most important. And as we enter into the last hours before Christ’s return, we must push forward and not lose focus.
I Know What I Believe
More than ever, we need to know what we believe and why we believe it.
1. Do you believe it because someone before you taught you that way?
2. Do you believe it because God said it?
One way to find out what you and I really believe is to ask ourselves this question: If someone pointed a gun at our head and asked us to die for each one of our beliefs—how many [of those beliefs] would we die for? How many are really worth fighting over? Pushing on others? Hanging on to?
The truth is, much of what people believe and war over now-a-days are only preferences, or simply traditions passed on by those before us, or something our culture has always done. And the truth again is, when you and I die, those things will all die with us. They hold no eternal value. You cannot find them in the Word of God. They are what they are—preferences, traditions and cultural.
So, again, what would you die for, if you had to? Think about it!
Would you die if a Muslim man came up to you and demanded that you turn your back on Jesus Christ? Would you die if the same Muslim man came up to you and demanded that you stop using your horse and buggy for transportation?
What I’m trying to get you and the rest of us to consider in these last days is this: when persecution comes—and it is coming quickly—we will need each other’s support. That means we’ll have to drop our walls and finger pointing and start focusing on things we do believe and are willing to die for.
I Don’t Know What I Believe
It appears that we have many half-hearted and lukewarm church goers living all around us today. They come to church; they dress the dress, talk the talk and act the act, but they don’t really have a passion or desire to know God and His ways.
Does that ever bother you? Does it bother you to the point that you have laid awake at night, or found yourself calling out to God on behalf of someone you deeply care about?
Consider God’s response to lukewarm Christians who don’t really believe much of anything. He says:
I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. — Revelation 3:15-16
These are people who just go with the flow. Their idea of Christianity is more about fitting in; it’s more about fitting in and being accepted. They’re more concerned about what men think of them than they are what God thinks. Consider what Peter says in 1 Peter 3:15: ...be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.