“But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do” – 1 Peter 1:15
There’s an old saying, “you can’t give what you don’t have.” That means so much more when you are talking about Christianity. Those of you who have children should know well that when there are questions from your kids about God and His ways. My Lord is my life, but I still get blindsided by questions from my kids about God’s ways. Let’s face it, God’s ways are so far above our ways as the heavens are above the earth. There are times when I have to look at them and tell them that I’m not sure what the answer is, but I always try to find out the answer.
Being uncertain about God’s ways isn’t a real big deal in many cases, but being uncertain and not doing anything about it is a tragedy. You can say that you aren’t sure about something, but it better be followed up by the comment that you will find out more about the question. We all have questions and it is probably not your fault. You haven’t been told or shown the answer. There was a part in the book of Acts where the disciple Phillip saw a gentleman reading the scriptures. Phillip asked if he understood them, to which the gentleman replied, “How can I if nobody explains it to me?” You will always have some questions, but if you don’t try to find out an answer, then shame on you.
Thankfully, we don’t need to seek out some yogi or lama on a mountain top thousands of miles away somewhere. If you live in America, you are blessed with the ability to walk into almost any Christian church anywhere and hear the word of God preached. You will find believers just like you who either used to have or still have those same types of questions as you. If you spend time listening to and reading the gospel, the Holy Spirit will reveal things to you. It is almost like turning on a light bulb. Probably every day I read the bible and will get something new that I didn’t even see there before. The bible has been called a living book and that is a true statement. The Word of God touches my heart all the time, because the Word is not a ‘what’, it’s a ‘who’; and that ‘who’ is Jesus Christ. The more I pray and talk with Him, the better I can navigate through this sea of craziness called life.
To live a good life, you need to first know good from evil. To be moral, you must first know what good morals are. If you look at the example Christ set before us, you see exactly what good is. You see what a moral life should look like. You can spit out verse after verse of scripture, but do you live it? You can’t give what you don’t have. God asks the question, “So what have you got for me?” If you can’t say that you are trying to do right in His eyes, then you are living a poor existence, with one foot in the grave and one on a banana peel.
There’s a problem in this world because there’s a problem inside of each and every one of us. If we want this world to be better and closer to Jesus, we first must be closer to Jesus. Like Saint Teresa said, “Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.” I will do all I can to give good, solid, and biblically based answers to anything that’s asked of me and that’s including asking me how I live my life. I will point not to how I live, but how Christ lives in me.
I may not have all of the answers, but “I gotta guy…”
God’s blessings to you.