I want to ask you a question today. Do you have people around you who encourage you, even challenge you, to think about your faith in new ways?
I think it’s very important to our relationship with God to have people around us who will 1) point us in the direction of God, and 2) challenge our faith. It would be nice to think that we could have a vibrant and growing relationship with God all on our own, but I just don’t find that to be the most beneficial way to go, even if it is possible. Somewhere in your life, at your church, in your family, even on social media, I hope you have a faithful, encouraging person who will remind you that God is at the center of our entire existence every moment, no matter what happens. And I hope you have a thoughtful, stimulating person who will shake up all your preconceived notions about your faith and make you consider every aspect of your relationship with God from a new perspective.
I have several of these people in my life, and I am grateful for each and every one of them. Thanks to one of them who raised questions about a theological issue I had long since thought was settled in my mind, I was searching scripture with urgency yesterday, studying with a fervency that I had not felt in some time and enjoying every minute of it! I uncovered some interesting information that I will share at a later date. I was challenged, and I grew in faith and understanding as a result of it.
If you can’t think of anyone in your life who fits into one of these categories, I encourage you to work on developing relationships like this. It is infinitely valuable as a person and a Christian. It may seem like most people don’t want to talk about God or about their faith, but if you look beneath the surface, you will find the ones who are searching, growing and being transformed.