Many of you may wonder what I mean by the term ‘Picky Christianity.’ The term popped in my head as I began to think about how many who call themselves Christians today. I believe many miss the point today when it comes to what the Bible means to us as believers.
What seems to happen today is a selective view of the scripture by many believers as they try to find what works for them and begin to search to find ways to make the Christian life what they want it to be rather than what it is intended to be. Too many today are looking to fit the Christian walk into their own box rather than using the Word to guide them through their lives.
I want to give a couple reasons why we need to take God at his word and stop trying to find ways to adapt the scriptures to our own beliefs; rather, we need to learn to use them as guideposts for life and allow the Word to work through us in the form of Christ living in us.
First, as Christians, we must live as Christ lived, and the best way for us to do that is to know who Christ is. To know Christ we must be familiar with His word and allow Him to live through us. He wants to guide us with His Spirit as we allow Him to fully take control and take us where He would have us to be.
“I am the way, the truth, and the life.” – Jesus (John 14:6)
Second, we must take the scriptures as truth and make them our life. The Word is Jesus Christ (John 1). We find many verses that tell us about who Christ is, who we are, and what the purpose of the scripture is in our lives.
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” (2 Timothy 3:16, 17 KJV)
“Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You. Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.” (Psalms 119:11, 105 NKJV)
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:1, 2, 14 NKJV)
Christ is the Word, and we live to the fullest when we know the Word, hide it in our heart, and trust the Word was and is divinely inspired and given to all for instruction. Today I encourage you to take the word as a whole and not pick your way through life.
“For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” (Revelation 22:18, 19 NKJV)