An Every faith
I have a simple two-part question that I want each of us to answer. Do we believe in Jesus, and does our everyday life reflect that?
It is important that people see us making choices and engaging in activities that reflect what we believe.
That is what God expects from his people according to Deuteronomy 6:4-9: “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”
Our faith in Jesus must be our lifestyle. It is not a decision we make once in our lives. It is a daily effort and commitment.
Jesus says we are to take up our cross daily and follow him. An everyday faith is not something seen only on Sunday mornings. It is exercised at home, at work and at play. Every single part of our lives needs to demonstrate what we believe to the world around us, or we are not practicing our faith every day.
If we don’t want to live out an everyday faith, then what is the point of believing in Jesus as Lord and Savior? Why believe if we don’t want to live like we believe?
I think that is a fair thing for us to wonder about. We live in a hurting and divided nation. Our nation is in deep need of real role models. Maybe you agree that we need people to step up and lead in a positive and productive way.
We need to be those role models. We don’t have to be famous or wealthy or powerful. We don’t need to be serving in an elected office or be in a position of influence in our community.
When I think back in my own life to the people who had the biggest impact in my life, I realized that every one of them was an ordinary person. They were adult neighbors, relatives, school teachers, Sunday school and catechism teachers.
Not a single one of these people was famous, powerful, or wealthy. Yet I experienced the benefit of their everyday faith. I had the privilege of being a part of their life and saw them living out their faith every day.