What Do You Believe?

What then are we to say was gained by Abraham, our ancestor according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.” Now to one who works, wages are not reckoned as a gift but as something due. But to one who without works trusts him who justifies the ungodly, such faith is reckoned as righteousness. So also David speaks of the blessedness of those to whom God reckons righteousness apart from works:

“Blessed are those whose iniquities are forgiven,
    and whose sins are covered;
blessed is the one against whom the Lord will not reckon sin.”

Is this blessedness, then, pronounced only on the circumcised, or also on the uncircumcised? We say, “Faith was reckoned to Abraham as righteousness.” How then was it reckoned to him? Was it before or after he had been circumcised? It was not after, but before he was circumcised. He received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. The purpose was to make him the ancestor of all who believe without being circumcised and who thus have righteousness reckoned to them, and likewise the ancestor of the circumcised who are not only circumcised but who also follow the example of the faith that our ancestor Abraham had before he was circumcised.  Romans 4:1-12

Let’s look at something interesting.

Abraham believed God.

The tendency however, is that we believe everything but God. It seems that maybe we don’t care about God sometimes. The story of Abraham teaches us many things, but for now let’s consider why Abraham believes God. Because God is worth believing, because that belief is better than believing anything else.

In this season of lent let’s consider what we are believing and why. Each morning we here at the Youthworker Movement challenge you to start each day with God first. Start each day with spending 15 minutes with God. Focus on God for 15 minutes. Why would we challenge this? Because what could our lives look like if that is our priority. I know we are youth workers and we have work to do and people to invest in, but this is your focus: 15 minutes with God everyday.

I am convinced that Abraham believed God because there was a relationship in place. That relationships leads into belief.

Grace and Peace,

Bradley Alexander

About Bradley Alexander

My name is Bradley Alexander, I serve as the Director of Youth and Media Ministries at Arlington Heights United Methodist Church in Fort Worth, TX. I am married to the love of my life, Rev. Amy Forsythe-Alexander, who serves as the Pastor of Discipleship at Acton United Methodist Church. I graduated from Texas Wesleyan University in 2011 with a Bachelors of Science in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Business Management. Currently I am working on receiving the United Methodist Church Youth Ministry Certification with the General Board of Higher Education. After receiving this I will continue my coursework at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas receiving a Masters in Youth Ministry. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope to connect with you again in the future.