Posted September 10, 2012
So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. Romans 14:12
Bible Passage: Romans 14:7-12
It is an election year so we all know what fudging the numbers means. Whether it is job numbers or whatever. You can always spin something to make it sound better.
And what about those poll numbers? I always think they are nothing more than arranged and rearranged numbers. We are never given all the details of how those polls are taken. Most of them miss the mass population so they are really mostly worthless. At least to me.
I fear that sometimes we get like that in our Christian lives. We want to "fudge" the numbers. We want to make ourselves sound a little better at something than we really are. Not necessarily to other people but we try to rationalize things in our own heads.
Some people rationalize their salvation. They rely on what their parents believed or what they grew up with to get them to heaven but when it comes down to it, salvation is a choice we must all make. We each have to make a personal decision to accept Christ.
Salvation is one thing we do not want to rationalize on because the consequence of spending eternity away from Christ is severe. If you just "think" you are a Christian, maybe it is time to really get that settled. It's better to know-so than think-so.
Have you ever fudged your idea of the amount you witness for Christ? I know we are all to have that Christian living which reflects Christ, but face it, we have to tell other people about Christ too.
Are you counting up the smiles you give and good deeds you do for others as your total witness? I know we all have heard that quote about "You may be the only Bible someone ever reads" but really we have to be an "open" Bible not a closed book. We have to share Christ with others in some way or other.
Or maybe because you attend a weekly visitation program and do a little visiting and witnessing, you think you've done your part and mark that column filled but forget about the whole Christian living thing the rest of the week.
I know witnessing is hard and I struggle with it but we are supposed to be spreading the Gospel. It's part of being a Christian.
Are you really an obedient Christian? I know I'm not always but I think we all kind of tell ourselves that we are more obedient than we really are. I mean, are we really doing what Christ wants us to on a daily basis? Are we as sensitive to the Holy Spirit as we should be?
The Lord may not ask us to go to Nineveh like He did Jonah or even call us to the mission field but are we really obedient in the little things as well as the big things like we should be? Do we miss opportunities to share Christ because we aren't obedient? Do we follow all the teachings of Christ or just choose what we want to obey?
As Christians we all know prayer is part of our daily lives and if I asked any church ladies group if prayer was important, I'd probably get an emphatic yes answer. But how important is it to us really? Do we pray enough? Do we pray like we should? Do we pray for others when we know we should? Do we ask for the things in prayer that we should? Do we thank the Lord in prayer for things as we should?
We all know the example Christ set for us in Matthew 6 for prayer but do we really follow it? Or are we just hurrying about through our prayer life? Maybe getting in a little prayer here and there but not really giving it as much attention and thought as we do preparing dinner or working on our hobbies.
We are supposed to "pray without ceasing" (1 Thessalonians 5:17), which doesn't mean we are to constantly have our eyes closed and heads bowed but have a prayerful attitude and always be in constant communion with the Lord.
I love what Spurgeon says about this passage,
"If I am to pray without ceasing, then every second must be suitable for prayer, and there is not one unholy moment in the hour, nor one unaccepted hour in the day, nor one unhallowed day in the year."
The priority of our Bible reading is another place I think we as Christians try to fudge on. We put it far up on our list of things to do as a Christian, but do we as really keep it a priority? This is one I struggle with.
I try to make sure I keep a time set during the day to read through my Bible but I have to make myself keep on top of it or that Bible time slips away and I find it is the end of another day without spending time in the Word.
Years ago I used to follow devotional or Bible reading guides but when I got away from that I found myself digging more in the Word and really feasting on it, but if one of those guides helps you, then great. I just find they were a crutch to me because if I read through it I felt like I was done but really knew in my heart that I should have dug a little deeper, read a little more, reflected a little more on whatever passage it was.
When it comes to Bible reading, I think we probably all need to try hard to bring up the amount of time we spend in God's Word no matter how we go about doing it; whether it is with a devotional reading guide, going through it a book at a time, or finding topics to study through the Bible.
I know at times I have tried to "fudge" to myself that I'm better at some of these areas in my Christian life than I really am. I know I have a whole list of things work on.
In reality fudging is just another word for lying. The dictionary definition is to...
"Present or deal with (something) in a vague, noncommittal, or inadequate way, esp. so as to conceal the truth or mislead."
I think some of us try to adjust things. We have checked off a number of items to make us sound a little better than we really are. We stack things up under a column in our Christian living and don't really think about the specifics. But frankly, it all adds up or doesn't add up.
I mentioned earlier about this election year. We are hearing all types of ads, polls, and numbers right now but how are our numbers in Christian living stacking up?
If you had to rely on your record as a Christian, would you vote for yourself? Would you say your priorities and numbers are where you'd like to see them? I know mine could use some work.
So, are you eating the fudge?
Copyright ©2012 Julia Bettencourt
Scripture References are from the King James Version.
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