OH, THAT WE MIGHT KNOW THE LORD. (January 29, 2014)

for months, God has been encouraging me to blog about a certain topic. +for months, i have given him a million reasons why i can’t, but i can sum them all up in one word: fear. fear of sounding like another hypocritical christian. fear of being seen as judgmental. fear of being judgmental. even as i write this, my brain feels like mush… so i’m letting Him take over. if this post offends you, i  wish i could be sorry. but you can only run from God for so long+i’ve decided to stop running…

in the walls of my high school, i’m surrounded by sin. i’m very aware that this is the world that we live in+that i’ve got my fair share of sin to deal with, but so many of my friends and classmates are saturated in their sin+they don’t even mind it. +you can’t expect lost people to act like they’re saved, but what about the ones who aren’t lost? the ones who proclaim the name of Jesus all over their social media profiles but put Him to shame with their actions?

it’s easy to get angry for selfish reasons. because this is why people hate Christians. because this is why people bash my church. but it is not about us. it’s not about me. not even about my church. it’s about God+that’s what makes this even more heart-breaking.

i’ve prayed so many times “Father, break my heart for what breaks Yours!” +i know that this is something that breaks His heart. because the running theme is His forgiveness.

“God still loves me!” they say, and it’s true.

“God forgives me!” they say, and they’re probably right.

but how many times can you “repent” of the same sin until you’re abusing His grace?

+how many times can you “repent” before it’s not even considered repenting anyway?

God’s grace+mercy+love+forgiveness are NOT your invitation to continue living in sin.

1 peter 2:16 says, “live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.”

1 john 2:4 says, “whoever says, ‘i know Him,’ but does not do what He commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person.”

james 4:17 says, “anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do+doesn’t do it, sins.”

if we truly know God, we can’t continue to choose to sin. if we continue to choose to sin, we can’t truly know God. because of Jesus, there is freedom in forgiveness! but if you use that freedom to do what you want, the Bible says you’re lying about even knowing Him in the first place- yikes!

obviously, knowing God doesn’t mean you’re perfect. my biggest desire is to know God more, but i still sin every day. so what’s the difference?

i’m sinful by nature; we all are. but i don’t want to sin. every fiber of my being wants to run as far away from sin as possible. +because, i know God, i have a deep understanding that there is no sin too big for Him to forgive. but if i live in it, how is that glorifying or pleasing to Him??

the answer? it’s not. +that’s the problem.

if we know+love God like we say that we do, our ONLY desire should be to bring glory to His name.

+living in sin is just not the way to do that.

abusing God’s grace is just not the way to do that.

i’m guilty. you’re guilty. but there’s just no excuse.

let’s begin to act like people who truly know Him instead of people who only claim to.

‘oh, that we might know The Lord! let us press on to know Him. He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn or the coming of rains in early spring.’ //hosea 6:3