Do you believe?
My plans for a blog post today had nothing to do with this topic. But my plans often turn topsy-turvy in the middle of life.
Recently, I’ve seen social media posts and received chain letters. Each written from the premise of a promise. If I believe in karma, then something good will happen today to make me happy. An angel will come to watch over me. The man upstairs will bless me.
The bottom line is based on forwarding the message to ten or fourteen friends including the sender to secure the deal. And posting as your status on social media. If you want the promise to come true, you must act fast—within minutes. And do not, I repeat, do not break the chain.
To set the record straight, I don’t believe these promises hold any power or hope.
I don’t believe in karma. But I do believe…
Karma’s the idea that a mystical force causes either good or bad things and determines someone’s fate.
Google defines karma, “In Hinduism and Buddhism, the sum of a person’s actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences; destiny or fate, following as effect from cause.”
Merriam-Webster explains karma, “The force created by a person’s actions that some people believe causes good or bad things to happen to that person.”
I enjoyed Star Wars and the theme, “the force be with you.” But the force is fictional. Herein lies the deception of karma. It’s purely philosophical and not founded on fact.
I don’t believe in good and bad karma. I do believe I belong to Christ. As one of His own, angels watch over me (Psalm 91:11) and I’m blessed with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places (Ephesians 1:3).
I do believe my actions bring consequences. I choose my words, deeds, thoughts, and behavior. Each of these areas have a ripple effect on me and others.
I can’t choose to continually overeat with no weight gain. When my performance at work lacks effort, I may lose my job. Mean words from my mouth crush the spirit of my spouse or child.
On the flip side, exercise strengthens my heart and tones my muscles. When I labor in my job with the highest caliber, the rewards may be a promotion or bonus. Words of kindness build others up.
The spiritual principle holds true.
Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Galatians 6:7-9 NLT
I don’t believe in the man upstairs. But I do believe…
“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” (A. W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy.)
When I think about God, I don’t picture Him as the man upstairs. Social media posts referring to “the main upstairs” and chain letters addressing “Dear man upstairs” cheapen the indescribable God.
This. Is. Empty. Rhetoric.
I do believe that Jesus, God incarnate, came in the flesh as both man and God. Christ rose from the dead—not by a mystical force, but by supernatural power. He defeated the grave and spiritual death.
The Lord Jesus Christ became victor over the powers of darkness with His illuminating light. He ascended to heaven where He’s seated at the right hand of God. God reigns supreme over the realm of both heaven and earth.
God’s glory cannot be mistaken, lowered, or misdirected. I believe He’s God. Mighty. Powerful. Majestic. Holy. Sovereign. Eternal. Infinite. Wise. Faithful.
Q: Have you not known? Have you not heard?
A: The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. (Isaiah 40:28, ESV)
I don’t believe in karma or the man upstairs. I believe in God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.
Do you believe?
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August 4, 2016 at 10:18 am | Uncategorized