If We Are Faithless
A Misunderstood Scripture
There are many passages in the bible that, when misread, cause some Christians to ask, "Will it still be considered sin if I do ___?" That question arises out of a lack of knowledge of what has truly taken place at the cross. One scripture in particular that may persuade Christians to question whether or not they are acting within the set of "holy limits" is 2 Timothy 2:13. It claims, "If we are faithless, He will remain faithful, for He cannot disown Himself." If you're thinking, "How much do I have to do in order for God to do something for me" then you're already coming to God with a defeated mindset. You're falsley believing that God owes us something based on the quantity of works that we do for Him.
We don't need to be asking how much can God do for me or even how much can I do for God. We should instead place our focus on how much God has already done for us. This way we can rest in the fact that God loves us and that He wants what's best for us instead of trying to act "good enough" so that God will move on our behalf. The only one that is good enough is Christ, and if you have accepted Him, then you are in Him and you are also good enough. Even if you haven't accepted Christ into your heart or your life and even if you never intend to, He loves and accepts who you are at this very moment. It doesn't matter what you've done because God's love is not dependent upon how lovely we act. He has been faithful to prove His love toward everyone in the entire world by giving his son up for us so that He might take away our sins and we could become righteous in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21). Every single person has the ability to be in right standing with God. It was Him who first accepted us, not the other way around. He extended His grace and His love toward everyone and He will remain faithful to Himself and will not withhold the power of the cross from anyone. He is unchanging, even if someone is unstable in their feelings toward God. With that being said, our actions do have consequences, whether negative or positive. But because God's heart is always the same towards us, it doesn't matter how far we have strayed away from the path that God has set before us. He's always waiting for us to turn around and jump right back into His arms.
How Much Power Does it Take to Move God?
Have you ever thought that if you keep praying the same prayer long enough and with enough passion, that it will get God to do whatever you want Him to? I was subconsciously praying this way until God brought it to my attention. There is nothing that I can "do" in order to make God move. I can only receive what He's already done for me. I'm not saying that you should be passive in your relationship with God. Seeking Him is an active process. But if you go to God hoping, wishing, and pleading that certain things will turn out, it's an ineffective prayer. You have nothing to stand on and it allows you to become uncertain as to whether or not God will come through for you. This is where it becomes important to read His word and to find out what is actually in His will. Also, when you can learn to rest in the fact that God was faithful in sending His greatest possession to earth for us, then you can come to the knowledge that everything else that we receive from God is even less in comparison. We have the opportunity right now to have a relationship with God's greatest gift. It's not something that we have to wait to see manifest. Romans 8:32 states, "He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?" So even though we may be unfaithful, God has already shown us that He is faithful to His original plan of being in communion with his human creations. Adam and Eve may have slipped up in the garden but that didn't stop God from carrying out His plan of love for all of humanity. We don't need to work in order to gain God's love or His acceptance but when you really receive in your heart the fact that He is so faithful and that His word is settled in heaven (Psalm 119:89) you will want to act in whatever way is considered pleasing to our God.