Do you have a childlike faith in God? Do you obey Him regardless of the cost because you trust that what He commands He will provide? Do you trust that His ways are best even if you don’t like them nor understand them? Do you trust Him enough to be a keeper at home even though it seems impossible? Do you have the faith to submit yourself to your husband’s leadership in everything even though he may make bad decisions? Do you trust that His ways are perfect thus you have no problems keeping quiet in the church service and men being the leaders in the church?
I listened to a video yesterday called Will the Real Heretics Please Stand Up? It’s a great video about the early Christians and how they lived their lives in comparison to how we live ours. One part stood out to be so strongly that I typed it up for you.
“The early church had childlike trust in God even if it meant suffering. God was trustworthy to bring a person through it. ‘A person who does not do what God has commanded shows he really does not believe God’ (Clement of Alexandria). To the early Christians to claim to trust God while refusing to obey Him was a contradiction (He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. – 1 John 2:4).
“Their Christianity was more than verbal. As one early Christian expressed, ‘We don’t speak things – we live them!’ One early mark of the early Christian was their literal childlike obedience to the teachings of Jesus and the apostles. They didn’t feel they needed to understand the reasons in a commandment before they would obey it. They just trusted that God’s way is always the best way.
“‘Who then is so irreverent as to disbelieve God, and to demand explanations from God as from men?’ (Clement of Alexandria) They trusted God because they lived in awe of his majesty and wisdom. ‘God is greater than all our perceptions – He is infinite, immense. Only He truly understands His true greatness, our hearts are too limited to really understand Him. We are making a worthy estimation of Him when we say that His is beyond estimation..Anyone who thinks he knows the magnitude of God diminishes His greatness'” (Mark Felix)
Can you say you live your life like the early Christians? God commands that we dwell on the lovely and the good. Does this command influence what you watch on TV, the computer, and at the movie theater? He warned us that bad company corrupts good morals. Are you careful with the friends and the people your children hang out with? He instructed parents to raise their children in the nurture and the admonition of Him. Are you the ones raising your children or have you handed that job off to someone else?
All of our lives and everything we do should be measured by the Word of God; for it is our instruction book. Nothing should frighten us or cause us to disobey out of fear. Whenever we are acting out of fear or faithlessness, we are not trusting God. He has reassured us by telling us that His commands are not burdensome so we should be quick and willing to obey all of what He has asked of us. Are you?
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
1 Corinthians 15:58