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Make the Logical Decision to Follow Christ

Live this day in complete faith. And if you don't know what that looks like, then God is ready and willing to show you.

Scripture

Our verse for today comes from Mark 15:11, ” But the chief priests stirred up the crowd, so that he should rather release Barabbas to them. “

Background

There is a line from the television series Star Trek where Spock asks, ” Has it occurred to you that there is a certain inefficiency in constantly questioning me on things you’ve already made up your mind about? ” What I think Spock is pointing out is something that is common to so many of us, and that is the tendency to decide something for ourselves before we have enough information. And further still, once we know all that we need to know, we still are inclined to hold onto our ideas or beliefs, despite any and all evidence to the contrary. How many grandmas (or moms) believe that going outside in the cold in bare feet or without a coat will make you catch a cold? Or what parents don’t give their kids milk to drink when they are sick because they think it will increase their mucus and stop up their heads more? Are you still afraid to hold a toad for fear that you might catch warts from it? And who refuses to write ” Xmas ” because they feel it’s one of modern society’s methods to take Christ out of Christmas, when it’s actually been around for hundreds of years, and was probably first used by British monks to refer to Christ? We’ve all got our own hang-ups and illogical beliefs. And we’re really not very interested in giving them up. They work for us, and we’re content just as we are. But that cannot be the case where Jesus is concerned.

Application

The crowd made the illogical and ill-fated decision to choose Barabbas over Jesus. But today, too many of us, knowing and believing far more than anyone in that crowd did, choose things over Jesus that make no sense and offer no purpose or fulfillment. We give in to our lack of discipline, our need for immediate gratification, our fleeting attention spans, and choose the temporary over the eternal, the visible rather than the unseen. It makes sense to the world, but we are not of this world. It’s illogical to die in order to live, but we are not called to logic. Our hearts are meant for so much more. So stop giving them what they don’t need.

Charge

As we seek Him today, live this day in complete faith. And if you don’t know what that looks like, then God is ready and willing to show you.


AuthorRich Holt | BCWorldview.org 

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