This week’s post has a bent toward those of us who are Jesus followers. Be forewarned. 😊
My family has been facing some challenging days recently with the passing of a significant family member. Without going into details, a common question my siblings and I have been asking is, “How should we respond to some of the challenging behaviors of others?”.
For me, the answer has been, “Double down on Jesus”.
As a Christian, my goal is to follow Jesus’ teachings as laid out in Scripture, and align my life as closely as I can with Him. That’s easy to do when things are going well, but it can be a different story when life gets challenging, and Jesus’ teaching feel totally contrary to how the world tells us we should respond or behave.
When I find myself at this intersection with Jesus and the world, I pose some form of the following question to myself: “Jesus gives us very clear instruction on how we’re to behave as followers of His. I either believe what Jesus says, or I don’t. So, which is it?”
This is the point where I double down on Jesus.
I decide that yes, I DO believe what He says, and, yes, I WILL align myself and my actions with His teaching. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t always easy. To the contrary, it’s often very difficult. However, Jesus never promised that we wouldn’t have difficulty or troubles. He did promise that He’d be with us when we face them. I have also found Him faithful in carrying us through difficult times, when we choose to follow Him and be obedient to His teaching, event when it’s difficult.
I’ve also realized that I don’t just need to double down on Jesus when times are tough. I need to double down on Jesus every single day by spending time with Him, reading my Bible, and applying what I learn.
Because I either believe what He says, or I don’t… and I do!