Every day, we must choose whom we acknowledge: either God or ourselves. In fact, we as Christians, followers of Christ, are invited daily to take up our cross and follow Jesus. Whether we accept that invitation is, as...
Every day, we must choose whom we acknowledge: either God or ourselves. In fact, we as Christians, followers of Christ, are invited daily to take up our cross and follow Jesus. Whether we accept that invitation is, as it always has been, up to us.
As I look over the examples of what a life without God looks like, I can painfully pick out the ones that describe me when I've chosen my way instead of God's way: covetousness, gossip, boastfulness, foolishness, and heartlessness. Verse 32 makes it very clear that by choosing not to acknowledge God, we are approving the very practice of choosing ourselves instead.
So what now? We fight. We "take every thought captive to obey Christ" (2 Corinthians 10:5b). "[F]or at one time [we] were darkness, but now [we] are light in the Lord," (Ephesians 5:8a), so let us trade the list in Rom 1:29-31 for the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. That is what is available when we choose to acknowledge and follow God.
But it isn't easy. A life verse that found me at a time when I had given up and chosen to focus anywhere but on Him is Hebrews 12:11. It encouraged me, as I hope it will you: "For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it."
So let us be disciplined to acknowledge Him. Schedule time with Scripture and stick to it! Instead of thinking about praying, turn your thoughts into talks with the Lord. Get involved with the body, and take a chance at authenticity among others chasing after Christ. Be inconvenienced for the gospel, and let the Holy Spirit move you. Sacrifice your wants for others, and meet the needs of those around you. Tired already? Seek encouragement from your community, and don't forget that God will be your rock if you let Him.