Will You Choose to Open Your Eyes or Harden Your Heart?

My dear friend and brother, John Ginn, who I met on the Philippines Mission Trip wrote a post on Facebook earlier this week I really enjoyed. I asked him if I could share his post with you via my blog and he said yes, so here it is! Great job John!!

Why would anyone believe in a God whose very existence is questionable at best and who is seemingly only interested in our lives in order to determine whether we obey century-old rules written in a book of questionable authenticity? For most of us the analysis stops here, the line is drawn, and the question remains unspoken in the heart of the Christian or establishes the foundation of skepticism in the unbeliever.

However, can we legitimately conclude at this point that the existence of God is questionable and His promises outdated with no modern application? What would happen if we actually acted on His promises and believed them to be true?

One modern yet non-conventional example comes to mind: Tim Tebow. Tim believes God’s promises to be true and acts on them. More importantly, God has been true to His promises. The fact that Tim is one in six billion people and involved in a sport that is purely for entertainment purposes does not matter, God is faithful to His promise in Mathew: “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these other things will be given to you,” and in Psalms: “commit to the Lord whatever you do and your plans will succeed.”

The Broncos began this season with a 1-4 record. After starting Tim as quarterback they have won seven games. However when Tim is interviewed the first thing out of his mouth is “I would like to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” In an interview when asked about an opponent who sacked him and then mocked him by kneeling and folding his hands, Tim stated that it was a good hit. He “seeks first the kingdom of God” by practicing humility and giving Jesus the credit instead of taking it for himself.

Complementing someone who just mocked you and humility amidst great success is not something that occurs naturally. Furthermore, a young quarterback clearly seeking first the kingdom of God and in turn experiencing great success is not a coincidence. It is one small example of how God keeps his promises and rewards those who pursue him.

God unequivocally promises in Jeremiah: “you will find me when you seek me with all of your heart,” and Jesus states in John: “whoever believes in me will not perish but have eternal life.” Will you choose to open your eyes and act on his promises?
-JG

If you want to check out John and I at Uncle Dick’s Orphanage in the Philippines, click here.

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