To serve Christ, we must be convinced that He is who He says He is, did what He said He’d do, and will do what He said He’d do.
1 The LORD detests dishonest scales, but accurate weights find favor with Him [God sets store by truth].
3 The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity [The Word = Truth = God = Jesus Christ].
We are convinced. Of what? That Jesus is who He says He is.
13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. Titus 2:13-14
How? We have experienced Him first-hand in our hearts and lives.
8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.1 Peter 1:8
11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God. Philippians 1:11
5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Romans 5:5
Why? If Jesus is right, then we will be going to live with Him when we die. For right now, we have Him living in our hearts. Our relationship is ongoing for eternity!
20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. Philippians 3:20-21
29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. Matthew 19:29
8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Matthew 5:8 (Pure in heart = single-mindedness, i.e. convinced)
What is our goal? To be like Jesus, to trust Him and obey Him, to imitate Him and serve Him.
10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. Philippians 3:10-11
Knowing Christ takes precedence over every relationship we have, every thing we do including work, hobbies, recreation, and even ministry.
Forsaking All, I Trust Christ
We must be willing to forsake all and trust Him. We must be CONVINCED.
Abba, I am convinced. I have staked my whole life on Your promises and Your presence in my life. I have been saved for 54 years out of my 60. I’m pretty sure! May I continue to grow in my intimate knowledge of You in every area of my life and in every way. Make me completely like You, Jesus, no matter what it takes. Amen.