[notice] A fortnightly column by Anna Heydenrych[/notice]
Would you go skydiving? I certainly would not. The thought of throwing myself out of a plane absolutely terrifies me. However, I understand that to some people, the idea of plummeting to earth at dizzying speeds is an appealing one – something about the sense of freedom and sheer bliss to be obtained from drifting around thousands of metres above the hard, solid ground. I can obtain such feelings from gazing at a sunset while sipping a nice cup of ginger and honey tea, so I will leave it at that.
If you strapped a parachute to my back and told me to jump, I would not jump because I would not believe in the parachute. I would believe that the parachute exists, but I would not believe in it.
Belief should result in an adjustment of behavior. What we believe and who we believe in determines our actions. Those who truly and absolutely believe that parachutes will save them will jump out of planes. However, those (like me), who believe in the idea of parachutes and that they work for some people, will NEVER jump out of planes
“I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.” — John 5:24
Our belief in God should change the way we live our lives. The belief that God calls for is not merely a call for acknowledgement, but a call to believe that He will do what He says He will.
When we read God’s word we will discover many promises. Those who truly and absolutely believe that God will do what he says will live their lives on earth as if: God has overcome evil and prepared a place for them in Heaven, their sins are forgiven, healing is possible, loving others matters and many other truths. You will know it when you meet a person who truly believes. Their actions might defy the opinions of popular culture, but it’s not popular culture they believe in, it’s the God of the universe.
“You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what he said.” — Luke 1:45