Leviticus 19: We Need to Choose to Follow God
Leviticus 19 had one particular verse that really stood out to me among all the rest.
Lev 19:5 And if ye offer a sacrifice of peace offerings unto the LORD, ye shall offer it at your own will.
I know that this verse is talking about sacrifices, but it made me think about Christianity today. In particular, it made me think about cultural Christianity. I know that I wrote yesterday about cultural conflict, but cultural Christianity is another interesting topic.
Some people are Christians because everyone around them are Christians. They go to church because the family does or they like to see the other church members, but they have never actually claimed Jesus as their own and actually decided to follow. They are only playing along because the culture around them embraces Christianity.
I don’t absolutely want to condemn this because this is definitely not a bad thing and that easily can be the first step towards leading people toward Jesus, but I do want to say that hanging out with Christians doesn’t make you a Christian. It needs to be something that you as a person accept as truth.
Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
This is obviously one of the more famous Bible verses, but it emphasizes this truth. The belief needs to be there for whosoever will have eternal life. That personal belief is absolutely necessary.
We need to choose to follow God, and it isn’t nearly enough for our parents or loved ones to follow God. Salvation is nontransferable. However, even the worst sinner (although we are all equal as being the worst) can be forgiven, and that is pretty amazing to say the least.
I understand that God knows ahead of time who will believe in Him, so there is some sense of predestination from His perspective, but from our perspective, we need to make a conscious choice to follow God. However, it needs to be our choice. Nobody else can do it for us.