Tuesday, February 27, 2007

If I'd Abandon...

"If I'd abandon all that seeks to make my faith informed and chic, could You, would You, show Yourself to me?"~ Nichole Nordeman~

If I abandon all that seeks to make my faith informed...I will definately end up off the path. Prayer, Bible reading, fellowship with other believers are vital parts in helping my faith to grow, as well as strengthening my walk with Jesus Christ - these are my life lines in this journey called life, and God has placed them as helps along the way.

To abandon something is to give up on it. If I give up on our life lines, my support is cut off and I will soon wither and fade - sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly; but regardless, my faith will fade. It is far too easy to walk in the ways of the world; the Bible tells us that bad company corrupts good character, and it will definatley do that. When good character is corrupted, it is usually because we are not in communion with God and we have abandoned those things which are important in our walk.

When I do abandon all that seeks to make my faith informed, it is a choice that I make, and usually the result of caving into temptation. I am faced with a choice - do I stick to the right thing, or do I give in and sin. Even in the midst of temptation, God offers help in overcoming what I am faced with. He does not want me to let go of my life lines.

But, even when that does happen - when I abandon all that seeks to make my faith informed - God still loves me. He loves all His children and wants to show Himself to us. In the midst of turmoil, pain and suffering, God will reveal Himself. He doesn't want us to give up on our faith, He doesn't want us to give in to the temptations, He doesn't want us to lose our faith.

In the midst of such a sinful world, God revealed Himself to mankind. He came as a man, as Jesus, to willingly go to the cross and die for our sins, to offer forgiveness. He conquored death so that we can have eternal life with Him.

Yes, when we abandon the things that seek to make our faith informed, God will still reveal Himself to us - but the choice is ours to make in whether or not we once again take up all that seeks to make our faith informed, or whether we continue to abandon these life lines.

For more takes on the above quote, visit Christine's blog, Fruit in Season.

8 comments:

Heidi said...

Hi Shelly, this is my first visit to your blog.
I agree with your post in many ways as I do think that growing is so important and we are called to do this. I do think however, that the songwriter may have used the wrong word when she said "abandon." I think she might have been just longing to trust, love and have faith like a child does, one that is not complicated by a lot of academic endeavors. Just another point of view.

Thanks for posting!

Christine said...

You're definitely right about keeping our faith informed. Informed through scripture and the Holy Spirit's promptings, not necessarily through worldly "Christian" means. Thanks for participating this week!

Jennifer said...

"If I abandon all that seeks to make my faith informed...I will definately end up off the path."

Absolutely! I completely agress with your take on this. Very well written :)

Bonnie W said...

Shelley, I'm so glad you have strengthened the things that make your faith informed and stayed on the path.
Blessings,
Bonnie

Yolanda said...

Wow Shelley,
What a thought provoking statement! We definitely don't want to want to abandon that which aids our growth...and it is sooo important to long and hunger for HIM and HIM alone...

Thank you so much for sharing this with us!!!! What a challenge!!!

and...how beautiful is your blog, you are soooo creative!!!! By the way, great to meet another desiring to be me More Like Him!!!
God bless you!!!

Debrand said...

Amen and amen! It's so easy to get caught up wiht other things than to be steady and loyal to the Word. Discipline needs to be instilled, you can't just do it. Thanks for the great reminder. God bless...

Dave said...

"but the choice is ours". This is always the bottom line for me in any situation. I can choose whichever or whatever. I can choose to resist or I can choose to give in to temptation. It's down to me. But you are so right Shelley when you say, "God still loves me.". Praise God for His love and His mercy.

Live, Love, Laugh said...

you are so right, we need each other, that is why we are called the Body, and besides iron sharpens iron and the Word also says not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together, so I am so in agreement with this post! thanks for sharing and being a blessing