Read: 2 Chronicles 17:1-18:34, Romans 9:25-10:13, Psalm 20:1-9, Proverbs 20:2-3
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9)
Relate: I’m currently reading an excellent book by Stephen Prothero, a religious studies professor who describes himself as religiously confused. The book God Is Not One gives a solid breakdown from an outsider’s perspective of the eight most influential religions in the world. I’ve only read the first three so far (Christianity, Islam, Confucianism) but I feel he gives a very fair and thorough “outsider” view of each.
One thing he said of Christianity that I wish was less true was that Christianity is all about right thought (orthodoxy) and little about right practice (orthopraxy). He says that for membership in most churches of the major branches of Christianity (Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox) the concern is agreement of belief, not compliance in lifestyle. We’ve got the “…believe in your heart God raised Him from the dead…” part down quite well.
React: The sticking point is “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord”. How can we confess with our mouth He is Lord if He isn’t our Lord? How can He be our Lord if we aren’t willing to be His subjects? How can we claim to be His subjects if we aren’t abiding by His laws? Is God ruling in my life? If I’m not willing to let Him, can I truly claim to be a Christian? Is there any truth to my claim?
Be Lord in my life. I am a rebellious subject, I know, but I am still Your subject. Without Your help, obedience is impossible. Help me please. I long to obey but in my own power I simply cannot. Fill me. Take this life of mine. Invade it. Take it over. It’s Yours. Do with it what You will. You are my Lord.