Yesterday I was watching a program on TV, and the pastor talked about the different classifications of people. There are Unbelieving Unbelievers, and this should come as no surprise to us. There are also Believing Unbelievers – those who have faith and an attitude of hope but have not chosen to accept Christ. Of course, there are Believing Believers – people who follow Christ and have chosen to charge forward in all faith and passion. The pastor said that the real tragedy in this life, however, is that there are Unbelieving Believers.
How can there be Unbelieving Believers? I think we all know them. They are the ones who profess Christ, but live negative lives. Not only do they not believe in the possibilities of God; they also live critically of the church and of those who are serving God. They are nitpicky. They attend church every Sunday, but have sour hearts. They criticize new things and the people who desire to step out in a way they don’t agree with or don’t have the courage to do themselves. They are, in essence, an obstacle to the Kingdom of God.
The question is: what kind of person are you? What kind of person do you want to be?
It is perhaps the easiest thing in the world to be an Unbelieving Believer. Life is comfortable. We are “the authority” on everything that we want to be. We don’t have to sacrifice anything. We observe life, the world, and the church from our pedestal of pride.
However, we are called to be Believing Believers. We are called to be humble before God and to be obedient to Him. We are called to deny ourselves and to serve others. We are called to love our enemies and to pray for those who persecute us. We are called to live passionate lives, praying that God’s Kingdom would come ON EARTH as it is in heaven. It is a narrow road and the sacrifice is everything. Lest we become discouraged at this, we must remember that it is well worth it to say, “Yes”. Because Jesus is who He says He is, we have a story worth telling. We have a hope worth sharing. In giving up our lives, we gain the ultimate prize in Christ. What a powerful concept, and if we would just take the time to truly understand it, it would forever change us and how we interact with those around us.
I challenge you today to be a Believing Believer. Choose to not only believe in Christ, but also in those who are serving Him. Believe in the possibilities of the church and the movement of the Holy Spirit. Believe in the youth of the church, that they can and will do amazing things in this world for God. Believe in the older adults, that God still has a plan and a purpose for them and help them do what God has placed on their hearts. Believe in the people that make it difficult to believe in them. Sometimes all it takes is one person to light the fire. Seek unity instead of division. Be that person. Be positive. Be a Believing Believer.