When it gets right down to it, what then? For example, what if someone that you knew had the means and offered you ten million dollars or Jesus? Take the money or take the Lord, this is your choice! What would we really do? You can become president of your company with substantial salary increase but you must forget this Christianity business. What choice would we really make? You are out of work, your family doesn't have enough money for groceries, and you are offered a job with one hundred dollars more a week but you must work Sunday and there won't be time for church attendance. What would we really decide? We can ask many questions like these and it's hard to know, if one or more of these situations actually happens, what we might do. However, one thing is certain: if we wait until we experience something like this, we will likely make the wrong choice. The time to build convictions is right now. The place to find the convictions that we need to build is in the Word of God. Remember, convictions are things we would die for rather than compromise. All else are preferences. We might value the things of Christ but If these are genuine convictions we would die rather than give them up. If we are not ready to die rather than fail Him, these are only preferences. We will "cave in" when the rubber meets the road. Building and holding these convictions requires strength that only God can give and this strengthening must take place day by day as we are constantly deepening our relationship with Him in regular quiet times alone with Him. Selah! We will doubtless be tested in "little things" along the way. Each one of these that we will not compromise on adds to our ability to not fail when the big test comes. Ron
"But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength…." (From Isaiah 40:31).
"….I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus, my Lord: for Whom I have suffered the loss of all things and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ…." (From Philippians 3:8).