When I think of black and white I think of two decisions. I think of a clear line with two definitive choices. Black and white is so not my personality.
When making a decision, I can be indecisive and over think things. Take choosing to work out for example. Somedays I feel so motivated and ready to go for a run. I’ll get my clothes on, get Luke all geared up and head out the door. Other days, it’s all I can do to get out of my pajamas for the day. I may just not be feeling it or think that staying inside where it’s warm sounds much more pleasant than running n the cold.
The Lord and I are definitely working on being consistent.
When thinking about decisions in my spiritual life though, I find myself becoming more and more black and white.
“I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” – Revelation 3:15-16
One of the many things I love about God is that he is black and white. He tells us exactly the way it is. I can’t say I’m a christian and not have my life reflect it. When I gave my life to Christ, I realized that I could not live the life I was living and consider myself a Christian. I was knowingly living in sin, in complete bondage, but confused as to why I wasn’t experiencing peace of freedom.
Being black and white does not mean you do not have freedom. I personally believe that being black and white allows us to have more freedom. Living by faith and allowing our faith to determine our choices allows us to know there will be peace within our decision and know that God is ultimately in control. When we start getting into the gray area of relying on our own wisdom and making our own decision; I’ll tell you from experience, that’s when all hell breaks loose.
“Stand firm, and you will win life.” – Luke 21:19
This scripture really hit home with me when I read it the other day. STAND FIRM. Do not be swayed by the ways of this world. Know what is black and what is white.
How do I know what is black and white?
Being in scripture has allowed me to get to know the heart of Christ. I have to intentionally spend time with him each day. My relationship with him is no different than a relationship with someone I love. If I’m not in frequent communication with him, I feel distant. If I’m not talking to him often, I tend to loose site of his direction and wisdom. My God is black and white and in order for me to be, I have to know him.