Google+ 06/11/14 Convenience or Conviction?

Romans 4:16-17

 

So the promise is received by faith. It is given as a free gift.

And we are all certain to receive it,

Whether or not we live according to the law of Moses, if we have faith like Abraham’s.

For Abraham is the father of all who believe.

That is what the Scriptures mean when God told him,

“I have made you the father of many nations."

This happened because Abraham believed in the God

Who brings the dead back to life and who creates new things out of nothing.

 

In part three of our six-part devotion entitled, "Is That What It Means to be a Father?" Paul explains who we should model our behavior after!  Let's take a stroll down memory lane and revisit Abraham.  First, remember that his original name was Abram.  This was his given Hebrew name which meant "exalted father."  Yet, Abram had no children.  When God visited Abram and Sarah and told them to expect a child, Abram had faith and conviction.  It changed his life.  God changed his name to Abraham which means "father of all."  Abraham showed great faith as he waited twenty years for that child.  Abraham's faith continued as God called him to Mt. Moriah to sacrifice this very same child.  Since Paul tells us that we are children of Abraham, why do we not exhibit the same faith and conviction?  Maybe the key is in the complete Bible verse.  Abraham is father to all THAT BELIEVE!  Often our faith is one of convenience, not conviction.  As long as what God wants us to do falls conveniently into our Outlook calendar, all is well.  The problem is that, most often, believing and serving God is anything but convenient.  It requires sacrifice.  Abraham changed his entire life and then waited twenty years for God's promise to be fulfilled.  His circumstances were anything but convenient.  Belief in God the Father requires a 100% commitment.  That means that our faith and service to the Triune God trumps everything in our lives.  We need to ask ourselves this question right now.  Does it?  Is God truly first in all that we do, or only when it is convenient?  Convenience is never believing.  "Our Life's Conversion is Displayed Daily By Our Conviction!"