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By Grant Everly

Over the past few weeks I’ve been working my way through both the book of Acts and David Platt’s book, Radical. Both have ceaselessly convicted me in regard to my often lackluster and self-seeking mentality when it comes to my walk with Christ.

In fact, just tonight I was reading Radical. There was a paragraph in it where David Platt introduces the concept of us being the object of our own faith. He writes, “The message of biblical Christianity is not ‘God loves me, period,’ as if we were the object of our own faith. The message of biblical Christianity is ‘God loves me so that I might make him- his ways, his salvation, his glory, and his greatness- known among all nations.’ Now God is the object of our faith and Christianity centers around him. We are not the end of the gospel; God is.”

Too often I find Platt’s words to be true of me; I make myself the object of my own faith. It’s not something I want or try to do. In fact it’s just the opposite. I truly long for God and his purposes, but I continually find a way to make Christianity about me, as opposed to glorifying God.

As I’ve been reading through Acts, I’ve repeatedly been struck by the early Church’s dedication to prayer and longing for the Holy Spirit. When tough decisions came about they prayed. They continually desired for the Holy Spirit and relied on him to supply their power; clearly this approach to Christianity worked out pretty well, as the early Church multiplied amidst the face of an oppressive Roman empire.

My guess is that if we all honestly scrutinized our own faiths, we’d likely find that we too often lack the desire and hunger for the Holy Spirit that the early disciples had. We neglect the most powerful thing God has left us with, and in the process, we forget about the entire message of the gospel, which is to unquestioningly and unconditionally love and serve God. God’s love for us is lavish and amazing, but we can’t stop with the focus resting on us. We must make God the object of our faith and in the process greatly rely on the Holy Spirit.

Grant Everly is a junior at Warren Township High School and regularly attends church with his family and iMPACT on Sunday nights. He plays soccer, enjoys sports and has passion for learning more about Christ and growing in Him.

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