What do you believe? Do you know that what you believe or believe in feeds your decision-making process? How do you decide what to believe? Are you willing to listen to, think through, and recognize truth?
We believe more than we consciously think about. Some of our beliefs are so ingrained in us they become second nature. Unfortunately, some of our beliefs are false. We don’t think they and we don’t want to hear they are. We want to believe our beliefs are correct.
There is One we should believe and believe in regardless of what else we may believe. Our belief in Him needs to become second nature, changing all our decisions, actions, and behavior. Again, it is unfortunate that most of us don’t. Oh, we may believe He is who He says He is on the surface, but we don’t truly believe deep down. It hasn’t become second nature. It doesn’t change who we are.
Many of us believe Jesus is the Son of God in the same way we believe 2 + 2 is 4. It’s nice to know. We may use that knowledge from time-to-time, but most of the time it doesn’t really impact us. We don’t have to perform math operations every moment of the day. So, we ignore it when we don’t need it.
Our mistake in treating our belief in Jesus this way is we actually need Him every moment of every day. Unlike our math equation, which may not be needed for multiple days at a time, Jesus is needed. We fail to understand deep down that He is the very One who gives us life—not just eternal life, not that eternal life isn’t important, but He provides the very breath we breathe right this moment.
We also fail to truly recognize what it means to overcome death. Jesus raised multiple people from the dead while He walked this earth simply to provide us a small indication of His power. He overcame death when He rose on the third day. He told us that we continue to live though we may die (John 11:25). Do you understand what that means? It means you and I never die. Oh, physically our temporary bodies will give out, but we continue living.
Jesus wants us to believe Him and believe in Him in the depths of our hearts. We need to believe Him, if we want to have the abundant life He promised in John 10:10. Jesus doesn’t make empty promises, but we must believe.
I pray we all believe Jesus is who He says He is. I pray we believe in Him deep in our hearts. I pray each one of us will decide to make our belief in Jesus second nature. Believe Jesus. Believe in Jesus. Believe with all your heart. Change your life with Jesus. Make your belief second nature.
Romans 10:9-11 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”