Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Shipwrecked Faith

“Continue to have faith and do what you know is right. Some people have rejected this, and their faith has been shipwrecked.” 1 Timothy 1:19 (NCV)

Some questions I am asking myself today...

How’s my faith? Am I “continuing” in my faith? Meaning, my faith started up at a point somewhere back there—is that faith evident in me today? Is it stronger? Do I have faith and it have me? Is it unshakeable or does my faith waver--regularly or occasionally?

Do I do what I know is right? Do I know what is right? Does it really matter if I do right or not? I mean really now, does anybody—other than God and the little eyes that are on me—even really care what I do and whether or not it is “right”? Right to who? “Right” is a pretty relative term these days...or have you not noticed! What about those things that I think I know is the right thing to do (or not do) but my Christian brothers and sisters don’t agree? Is “what I know is right” right then...or wrong? Is theirs right or wrong? Who’s right is right and who’s right is wrong? Is “right” as relative in God’s eyes as it is in the worlds?

These are important questions because the next part of that verse says “some people have rejected this (“this” being the doing of what you know is right) and their faith has been shipwrecked”. I have felt “run aground” several times in my Christian walk but never shipwrecked. That implies a complete and total loss of the ship. I have no plans on going there, so...I ask myself these questions.

Would you join me in reading over this verse throughout the day, asking yourself these same questions and talking this over with God for direction? If you want to share with me and others what is uncovered in your thoughts, please contact me (see sidebar heading “Questions or Comments?”).

I’ll post again on this in the days to come...