“Hold tight to your convictions”.
1 Cor 16:13 EHP
There are people, some of them Christians, who say, “It doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you behave yourself and keep your record clean”.
It matters very much what you believe. Know what you believe about Jesus Christ for one thing. Plenty of people have some vague sense that there is “a supreme being”. That doesn’t affect your conduct, your creed nor your character. Jesus Christ is the centre and focal point of Christianity. The Christian faith is far more than just drifting along. It states as a firm conviction that Jesus Christ is alive, that he is the Son of God and that he co-rules the world with God the Father. Christianity further claims that, as Lord of life, he will hold you to account for how you live your life here on earth. Christianity also believes that Jesus Christ is superior to all gods of other faiths. It believes that the two laws he gave are the supreme guide for all behaviour – to Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and your neighbour as yourself. It believes that you should live at peace with all people and seek to spread peace wherever you can. Christianity believes you should do good to as many people as you can and avoid all forms of evil. Christianity believes that you are answerable to God for the use you make of your money. You should avoid waste and frivolous expenditure and remember that you are a God-appointed steward of your money.
Keep thinking about what you believe and keep re-affirming your Christian convictions. Discuss them with other people and study all you can about them.
Lord, make me sure of my beliefs.