Over the years, several friends have told me that they completely disagree with people publicly rededicating their life to Christ. They say things like, “Once they have given their heart to Jesus, there is no going back”, “It just means that they weren’t serious”, or even, “They just want to do it as an excuse for their sins.”
When I hear comments such as these, I cannot help but think, “What in the world are you talking about!?”
It is important to them, their faith and their walk with Christ. It is not about our feelings or how some might disapprove of their actions. I think it is important to remember what the Apostle Paul wrote:
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23 NIV)
We all have periods in our life when we are faced with struggles and sometimes walk a little further away from Christ than we would like to. Now, I am guessing we all do….maybe the people that have a problem with rededications are perfect. However, when I think about when I have strayed, I remember that I generally did not tell anybody about it. I simply prayed for forgiveness and tried to do better. Maybe my prideful nature kept me from making a public profession because it would mean stepping outside of my comfort zone.
Well these people who publicly admit that they have been off of the path and yearn for a deeper relationship with our Father should actually be considered brave warriors for the Kingdom. What an awesome display of faith!
Instead of frowning at this, we should celebrate, jump for joy, give them a great big hug and tell them how proud and inspired we are by THEIR important decision.
If you are still on the fence about this, remember that even the disciples had to rededicate their lives to Christ.
They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.” (Luke 24:37-39 NIV)
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