When I studied plane geometry, I learned axioms, a list of fundamental realities that are self-evident. I was then asked to prove the truth of something else. If this was true, then that had to be true. If that was true, then we could reach another correct conclusion.
If God is my Creator, then I have purpose, and I’m accountable for what I do with my life. If God doesn’t exist, then I’m free to define what is right and wrong, free to act as I please.
Some Christians are bothered by the idea that works are important. They insist that we can do whatever we want, because we are saved by grace, not works. But if we want to know the truth, we should correctly interpret the Bible verse that essentially says, “If you don’t do the works, your faith is dead” (James 2:17).
Using the if-then formula, we consider actions and reactions, truth and consequences.
Here are a few if-then statements I need to remember:
  • If I love God… then I will love my enemies (Matthew 5:44).
  • If I am committed to his purpose… then my self-serving goals are secondary (John 4:34).
  • If I understand the value of the Kingdom… then I am willing to give up everything (Matthew 14:36).
  • If I love God… then I cannot love money and what it can buy (Matthew 6:24).
  • If I bring myself closer to God… then he will come closer to me (James 4:8).
If I look at what I do, then I can determine whether I’m telling myself the truth (Luke 6:44).

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