Featured in the April, 2008 Issue of the Ashburn Baptist News
There are no unbelievers. Everybody believes in something.
Even the atheist believes. He believes in his intellect, that he is so smart that he has figured out God does not exist.
It’s not too difficult to find out what you believe in. Ask yourself the question, “How do I spend my time?” Of course, all of us need to work, eat, sleep and do the necessary duties of life. However, each of us has discretionary time. This is that small amount of time each day left after we complete our work. It includes our weekends, holidays and vacations. Your belief determines what you do with this time.
You can also check what you believe in by taking a look at what you do with your money. Again, we all need money to provide housing, food, clothes and transportation, but the economy is good enough so that we all have some discretionary money that we can spend on whatever we want. How you use these funds will tell you about your belief.
We have all been part of the “me generation”. We have been told to watch out for #1. We have been taught to pump up our self esteem. Many people suffer from egoitis. So it may be that you believe in yourself and your life centers around yourself and all the fun you want to have.
Others believe in family. It is at the center of their lives. Is your “focus on your family?” And is all else moved to the margin of your life?
Others obviously have a real faith commitment to sports. Chalk up the time spent watching games, plus the money spent.
There are still others who believe in success. Not much else matters, but you have to succeed!
Most of what most people believe in has to do with this life. It is material and it is temporal. All the while, the solemn truth of Scripture is “what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (II Corinthians 4:18). Someday your family will not exist. Your spouse will die. Your children will grow up and be gone. There will be no more stadiums and no sporting events. Success will evaporate and money will disappear.
So you are a believer, but beware lest you are believing only in a bubble which will burst.
In a time of crisis, the jailer at Philippi asked the apostle Paul, “What must I do to be saved” and Paul answered, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved” (Acts 16:30, 31). Everybody who places his faith in anything else or anyone else will ultimately be fooled or frustrated. Simply to believe is not enough. You must have a worthy object for your faith. This is Jesus Christ alone.
We are here but a moment, then comes eternity. All who have ever gone to heaven, all who are now going, and all who ever will go, will go through saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus himself said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).
Even in the realm of religion when a person is asked what he believes, he often responds, “I am a Catholic…a Lutheran….Episcopalian….a Presbyterian…or a Baptist.” But remember that no denomination died on the cross to save you from your sins. Faith in a religion is not adequate. Only Jesus Christ, who lived a sinless life and died a perfect death to provide a perfect salvation, is the Savior.
This fact of salvation through Jesus Christ and only through Jesus Christ was clear to the apostles, even as Peter said, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).