May 25, 2016 10:10 PM CDT
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Devotional Psalms 1:1-3
"Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who mediates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither-whatever they do prospers." Psalms 1: 1-3.
This passage states very clearly the type of Christian that God favors. God looks for the type of Christian that does not continue to do wrong, cause trouble for other Christians, or follow those who mock the Christian faith. God wants all of us to be follow the righteous path; to not even associate with those who could lead us astray.
When it says that we should be like a tree, it invokes an imagery of a strong, unyielding faith. No matter the external forces, like friends, families, or society, our faith should be undisturbed. Instead of hiding our faith, like an unfruitful tree, we should bear our faith to others.
It is important that we have this unyielding faith, despite our environment and the people around us. I was very hesitant about talking about my faith with my friends or sharing that I was a Christian, because I was highly afraid of what my friends would think of me, or being a person in the field of science who believed in God. I was highly aware that in college there are many different people with differing beliefs and opinions about faith.
But I realized as I was thinking about this passage and about my fears, 'in the past, has my faith and my pursuit of doing the right thing truly pushed me away from others? Has being known as a Christian or goody-two-shoes resulted in something bad?'
When I think about it, being persistent in doing the right thing hasn't affected me terribly. My friends knew that I didn't want to get in trouble or do something wrong, so sometimes I would be left out. But if they didn't leave me out and I did something that got me in trouble, I would feel regret. But I'm glad now that they respected that I didn't want to try anything bad instead of pressuring me. And sometimes, I've even had talks about Christianity with my friends, something that I didn't think would ever happen.
Although sometimes revealing your Christianity to people you know can have its consequences, for the long run, it's important to be open and persistent in your faith. Sometimes, it can lead others to Christianity. Sometimes it can lead to doing some good in the world. Sometimes it can lead to something you don't expect. But what is most important is that it keeps you close to God. God doesn't want us to be ashamed of our faith. He wants us to be proud and openly love Him. And based on this passage, those who have this open faith are blessed.