Tuesday, February 5, 2008

What Do You Think?

Martin Luther once said, “Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times.” Often young people buy into the lies that we need to become “better” or less sinful people before God can use us. We use excuses like, “I’m waiting on God before I venture out.” The writers of Starving Jesus think that idea is essentially selfish—making ministry all about us and what we’re capable of. What do you think?

3 comments:

† Amber † said...

I think the reason most kids don't act out in faith now-a-days is because they're afraid.

Sure, they might use the excuse that they're waiting for God, or maybe waiting to find their gift.

But I bet you every one of them are just terrified of failing, or letting Him down.

There are so many standards we have to meet in our lives today. And every where we turn, we're never good enough for anyone else. So it becomes hard to believe that we could be good enough for God. and essentially we're not.

But it's so hard to accept that one man could take our place, and make us seem worthwhile.

Does that make sense?

I know that I have troubles trying to step out in faith, even if it's just to tell someone who Jesus is, because I'm so scared I'll fail...and totally let God down after all He's given me.

eh, I dunno...those are my thoughts.

Nathan said...

"Often young people buy into the lies that we need to become “better” or less sinful people before God can use us."

I know that has been my excuse for years. No one would take me seriously when they see how hypocritical my actions are in light of my beliefs. I've found recently that the more I focus on God and the scripture that I start talking about my faith more because it is more real to me every day. When I am not faithful, I don't talk about Him; but when I spend time with God I naturally talk about Him more with others. Also, there is no point in waiting until I'm perfect, being sinful is part of my nature and not something to make excuses about. Maybe it's just a simple thing of spending time with God, and being honest when spending time with others.

"for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks."

This verse came to mind right as I was about to post. I think it has held true in my experience, as I tend to talk about the things that I love the most. The more I love God and learn about Him, the more often I talk about my spiritual journey with the people around me.

Brittany said...

Yeah, i know what you mean. Not feeling good enough for God is one of the things that is a big issue for me.

Like, i won't glorify Him in the right way. And also the confidence issue comes in as well.

But yeah, what you both said is VERY true of everyone.