I recently was reminded of one of the songs I used to like as a young teenager, and one that has been re-written countless times to make it more "Christian." The song was made famous by a group named The Monkees, and the name of the song "Hey, I'm a Believer."
But sometimes I wonder if we "believers" really believe what we say we believe. In the gospel of Matthew, Jesus says that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The word abundance is key in this particular passage of scripture.
What he is saying is that the words we consistently speak describe what's in our hearts. We can say we believe, but is that true? I think it is entirely possible to be a Christian that has faith and still doubt at the same time. We might at some point say that God is good, and we really believe it. Soon thereafter, however, we may be asking the Lord ... "What should I do? I feel so alone." And we begin to tell God about everything that is getting us down -- all of our problems and hurts and concerns -- with what amounts to a sense of hopelessness.
We somehow seem to miss the point that, if God is as good as many of us say he is, then we should come fearlessly, confidently and boldly to the throne of grace to obtain mercy and find grace to help, coming just when we need it.
That's what a true believer should look like. Not that I have arrived, but I strive toward that mark daily.
If we truly believe, there is no need to fear when trouble comes. The enemy of our souls is deceitful and destructive, but as believers we can rest assured he is no match in power for the power that is each of us -- that same power that raised Christ from the dead. As believers, we must trust in God! In doing so, we will show the world what we truly believe.
You might say, "Well, I just call it like I see it." So that means you have a choice. You can tell it like it is or you can tell it like God says it can be. We all have that choice. Although we may have doubt in our hearts right now, if we begin to confess the word of God daily over our lives, it won't be long before our hearts will begin to change and unbelief will pack its bags and get out of the way.
So when we say "I'm a believer," is there enough evidence in our lives to show the world we truly mean it? If we were brought to trial for believing the gospel of Christ, would there be enough evidence to convict us?
Think about it.