2008-10-22 - Unbending Profession
Isaiah 41:13, Do not fear, you worm of Jacob, you men of Israel; I will help you, declares the Lord, and your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.
Remember when you first came to Christ? Maybe the time I am thinking about is not the same as when you came into His grace. What I mean is that time when you finally said, This is it!! And I will follow God as revealed in Christ and understood by His Word the rest of my life, - or something like that. It is good to think back to those moments, and if we have never had that lightning moment, it might be good to ask if we need to seek that significant resolution that I will forsake the world, its toys and escapism, and find all my solid joys, and lasting treasures in Christ. My encouragement to you today is to hold fast to your profession (Heb. 10:23).
Many of us are guilty of having the faith of pillows. Pillows are soft and inviting, but they are not suited for those who are in battle. Christian, you are in a battle. You are in, at least, a spiritual battle with the dethroned ruler of this world who still works discord for a time. Satan has your worst interests as his primary desire for you. Is it any wonder why we must not be timid about courage in Christ's service? What sort of life is most pleasing to the Lord? How shall we live up to our consuming profession of faith? I will suggest the following mindset: I live with Jesus, for Jesus, unto Jesus, and like Jesus. We have a faith of hope. It is something worth living for. How many lack a real reason to live? The Christian has a reason to live a hundred lives, and all of them with, for, unto, and like Christ. Is it time to renew those commitments we once made in the cause of the Lord Jesus Christ? For many of us it may be. Those around you know you profess to be an heir of heaven, a child of God, but do they really know it by your life, inclinations, and propensities? Put simply, do those who know you well, know well that you live unto Christ in the day-to-day, and mundane activities each day brings? I could say, Only you know, but that is not true - they also know.
What does it look like to hold fast to our profession? I'm not sure that can be quantified. I suspect we have reason to fear if we are gliding along quietly in the world, and never feeling its kick because of our faith. We can look at inspired history in the Bible, and history in general, and see that faithful Christians have been viewed by the world as being the worst it has to offer. However, find me a supposed professing follower of Christ who is open to compromise, and the world will lovingly hug him/her. The promises of consolation reverb to those who hold fast their profession of faith. Do not fear - I will help you, declares the Lord, Isa. 41:13. It is a precious promise. A firm confession of our faith becomes a confirmation of our reason for living. Ah, and this reason for living is not found in ourselves, but in something magnificently grander than us - it is found in Christ. None shall have lasting honor who seek glory outside of the Prince of Peace, but all who come unto Him experience life, and even more, life abundantly, John 10:10.
Soli Deo Gloria,