I was asked about my reason to believe, like Bruce Springsteen’s song, “Reason to Believe”- “At the end of every hard-earned day / people find some reason to believe.”
If you are like most, why you believe can be a tough question to answer when you actually get down to putting it on paper. Many just muddle along, drawn by habit and circumstances, not really thinking about motivation or purpose.
It is easy to have an intellectual answer, but far more difficult to engage soul searching to find a personal gut-level answer. You’d think it easy for me since my message is that God expects us to be “All In” as disciples, but it’s not as easy as I thought it would be when I actually sat at the keyboard, beginning to type.
There seems to be a place within me that is empty without God. As a younger man, I would have scoffed at such a simplistic notion, but now it is perfectly reasonable and a remarkably profound answer. I have found fulfillment living in God… and God actually living in me. As promised, I have found a peace that just can not be adequately described by words nor understood by those who are not experiencing it.
“The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.” 1 Corinthians 2:14 (ESV)
“What I believe” about God is rooted in His communication to mankind, the Bible. “That I believe” is evidently rooted in my creation. I can run from God, deny God, and argue with God. What I can not do is make God evaporate, so I must decide what I’m going to do about the reality of God.
I’m “All In.” Are You?