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What decision in your life do you make differently because of faith

Armen Hareyan's picture
Bill Gates on faith and God

Bill Gates' interview with Rolling Stone, in which he reveals that his family goes to a Catholic church, ends with a very interesting question: "what decision in your life you make differently because of it, I don't know" says Gates talking about about his faith.

While Gates' faith may inspire many young and old people to review their understanding of this universe and life, he asks a very good question: what decisions do you take differently when you come to faith in Jesus Christ. How do you make your life differently. What follows next is not frequently talked about in popular preaching. Yet this is the fundamental point Lord Jesus constantly makes during His earthly ministry.

Earlier today we read that despite all the expectations the first person who entered the Kingdom of God was the criminal who was neither baptized, nor took ever took Communion. What justified him? His faith and humility. He considered his life unworthy of the Kingdom of God and contrary to the other criminal, asked Jesus only to remember him upon His return. That humility was instantly rewarded.

We see people living in faith for decades, 40 years, 60 years and nothing is changing in their lives. They are told they are justified by faith, but suffer in their daily lives, seems like their prayers are not answered and they don't seem to have the joy and happiness about which Jesus talks about in the Gospels (John 15:11).

Suddenly we realize that what we try hard is not working. Our pride, envy, love for money, love for power, greed, gluttony, lust are not something we are able to conquer. Why is this so? We try alone.

Christians should understand and accept that since the coming of the Holy Spirit to this world nothing in us going to be happening only by our effort. If we think only our effort is enough to conquer pride, then this is a pride itself. This is why in John 15:26 the Holy Spirit is called (depending on the translation) comforter, helper, advocate. I particularly love the word "helper," but if we carefully read John 14:26 the Holy Spirit will "teach" and "remind" us the right things about this life. "But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you." John 14:26.

Thus, the decision in your life that you make differently when coming to faith in Jesus Christ, is realizing that you are sick and unable to fight pride, envy, lust, jealousy, gluttony, ego-centrism, greed and love for power alone. Yes you are justified by faith, but that doesn't give anyone a license to live his or her life being a prisoner to these destructive emotions/diseases.

Therefore, by coming to faith, a person in complete humility, falls on his or her knees in front of the Savior and asks to be saved. This is when you realize you need a Savior. We need a savior not to be reach, but to be freed from pride, envy, greed and all forms of evil that destroy life and distance us from our heavenly Father.

Remember what Jesus said. "The Kingdom of God is within you." Luke 17:21. Therefore, all types of evil thoughts and desires are within us too, not in other people around us. Consequently we need a Savior to help us to fight against these diseases that live in us. This is a decision in your life you make differently when you ask for help against these destructive emotions within you. The rest are important, but only external things. The Kingdom of God is within you.