After watching a video testimony of a man being raised from the dead after 3 days, I’ve been thinking a lot about some of the words shared by the man. I will post the video at the end of the post, and if you can find a few moments, please watch it. Guaranteed it will rock your world a bit, and maybe even shake up your faith.
The man who saw heaven and saw hell, shared that coming back to earth, he now has an incredible fear of God. This is something I have wondered if I really have. Am I afraid of God? Well, do I want to be afraid of God?
I believe that God is gracious, loving and compassionate, but sometimes I forget that he also is a holy, awesome, powerful God who is a consuming fire. This is a God who is to be served and feared. No human could pull off such a perfectly, delicate balance of all these attributes which inspire us to love, adore, fear, worship and cringe all at the same time. He loves us so much he gave us his son, yet he asks some things of us as well.
Last night in 2 Peter 2:21 I was hit with the warning behind these words, talking about people who get enslaved in sin after accepting Jesus Christ:
It would be better if they had never known the way to righteousness than to know it and then reject the command they were given to live a holy life.
These words cut through my heart. We are commanded to live a life of holiness. The reality of heaven and hell is so immense, it scares me to think of standing before the Lord and not being recognized as living a holy life. I’m not talking about salvation through works, I know that I am saved by grace. But in my gift of salvation, I have been asked to do a few things, the biggest being to live a life of holiness.
What is holiness? I honestly think we know a lot better what it is than we sometimes let on. Pray and ask God to show you the areas of your life that are not mirroring his holiness, and then see what changes need to come.
Yikes. That scares me a bit. Changing can be so hard. Having the courage to change the habits, mindsets and admit to loved ones that you have been acting in a way that is against God, is humiliating.
But humility leads to honour. Not self-righteous, self-given honour, but God-given honour.
But he gives us even more grace to stand against such evil desires. As the Scriptures say,
“God opposes the proud
but favors the humble.”
This whole fearing God thing is a bit of a mystery to me, one that I want to dive deeper into. This man in the video experienced what he did to warn others and encourage. I don’t believe I came upon this testimony by accident. I need to process it. I don’t believe you have come upon this testimony by accident either. Try to make some time and watch it.