The faith which you have, have as your own conviction before God.

Romans 14: 22

 

Although through history God has spoken directly to nations and a number of countries have considered themselves to be Christian, God has always been primarily concerned with developing individual and personal relationships. Christ calls to every person on earth to come and accept His gift of saving grace. His heart is heavily burdened for each of us; since, God wants to be in relationship with all of us. Even after we have accepted the gift of salvation and entered into that relationship with Him, God continues to care greatly about the way that we choose to function. The nature of our thoughts and of our actions directly impacts the intimacy of our time with Him, and it also greatly influences our ability to fulfill Christ’s calling to us to spread the truth of His loving grace throughout our world.

 

Thus, God wants us to develop our own understanding of His personal and specific direction for our lives, and He wants us to continually seek to know Him better and to know His Word more fully. So, the Lord wants us to listen to other people, to consider their understanding of His word, and to carefully contemplate the perspective that they bring to the complexities of living righteously. However, God also tells us to personally test everything that others tell us and the thoughts that we devise against what we see written in His Word. Additionally, we need to open up our minds and our hearts to the input and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is through this process of listening, reading, and learning combined with seeking the Spirit’s guidance that we develop our own understanding of who God is and of how He wants us to live.

 

A mature relationship with God is forged, developed, and strengthened through personal study, prayer, and meditation. These practices are brought to life as we follow them by seeking to live in the manner and to take the actions that God is revealing to each of us. When this is our manner of living, true and deep conviction is the result. This is exactly what God wants. His desire is that everyone would seek to know Him as deeply as He already knows us and that we would develop a passion for living in the center of His truth that will impact our world for the glory of the Lord’s kingdom. This form of righteous conviction leads us to live in faithful adherence to God’s expressed will, but it can also make us very uncomfortable for others who do not understand God as we do to be in close proximity with. In these situations, we continue to speak and to live out truth while also bringing Christ’s grace and love to the interactions that we have. Conviction is mighty, and conviction that is wrapped in loving grace wins souls for Christ.

 

Advertisements