Do you know what you believe? Do you live what you believe?
“So what did you learn in Sunday school?” I asked my five-year-old son Zachary, as we drove home from church on a crisp December day. He took a deep breath and complained, “Mary and Joseph, Mary and Joseph, how many times have I heard the story of Mary and Joseph?”
Are we like little Zachary, we have heard it before — so we do not want to hear it again? First of all, we cannot possibly know it all. The Bible is so full and so rich, that the more we learn about God and His Word, the more we realize we need to learn.
The next step is application – applying what we know. Orthopraxy is the application of doctrine to one’s life. It’s living what you believe. According to pollster George Barna, nine out of ten Christians fail to live differently than the rest of the world. His research consistently shows that most born again Christians are indistinguishable from non-Christians in their attitudes and behavior. We should translate our beliefs into actions.
- Do you believe that the Bible is the Word of God? Does that affect the way you read it?
- Do you believe that God is the creator of heaven and earth? Do you give Him the glory and honor due His name?
- Do you believe that sin is rebellion against God? Do you still practice sin?
- Do you believe that Jesus died for you? Do you live for Him?
- Do you believe that the Holy Spirit dwells in you? Do you allow Him to work in your life?
- Do you believe that you can talk to God through prayer? Do you talk with Him often?
- Do you believe that God is worthy of our Faith? Do you live like you trust Him?
Let’s know what we believe (doctrine) and then let’s live what we believe (application).