41 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized, and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Acts 2:42-43
The gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is a complete meal. Selective believing is a term that describes a Christian who chooses what to believe. In other words, when a believer hears the gospel being taught, they select what fits their narrative, and rejective what they don’t feel comfortable with.
The early church showed us the way. They continued steadfastly in the teachings of the apostles, believing everything that they were taught. God is not the author of confusion. You cannot choose what to believe provided that the message aligns with the truth of the gospel. It is true that not every message manifests the purity of Christ.
Jesus stands for life! He is the life-giver and not a killer. Any message that contradicts the foundation of the gospel has no basis to be believed. However, not when a message carries the glory and the grace of our Lord Jesus – you have no right believing otherwise. The Father desires His children on earth to be steadfast in the Word. The Word is spiritual and must be received spiritually.
The Greek word translating steadfast in our opening verse is Proskartereo. The word means to adhere to one, be his adherent, to be devoted or constant to one. It also means to be steadfastly attentive unto, to give unremitting care to a thing. In addition, it means to continue all the time in a place. All of these definitions mean that, when one becomes selective in what they believe, he cannot continue to do what is taught.
Selective Believing Hinders Spiritual Growth
For the hearts of these people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes have closed,
Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn So that I should heal them.’ Matthew 13:15
One of the oppositions of wholistic spiritual growth is when you pick and choose what to believe. As long as the message aligns with the gospel of Christ, refusing to believe what the Lord has for you will ultimately hinder your spiritual growth.
Believing right will lead you to encounter the glory of God. If you don’t believe what you’re taught, then, it is an indication of not totally surrendering your heart to Christ.
2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Roams 12:2
To prove that the will of God is the best way to go requires you to avoid selective believing. Don’t conform to the world but yield to the power of the will of the Father – whose will is revealed through His Word. Refusal to believe right will deny you the privilege of enjoying the power and the glory of the Father. Ananias and Saphira died because they wanted to believe what made them feel good.
The gospel of Christ which leads to the salvation of people is what every Christian must believe. It is spiritual in nature and will always not be served to pamper the flesh but to take you out of the weakness of the flesh. There is no reward to pick and choose what you believe when the message aligns with the glory of God in Christ.
19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:19
God is in Christ! Any part of the gospel that is rejected will also be a rejection of God! Desist from selective believing, and trust in the Lord with all your heart. Amen!
Read Further: Ephesians 4:11-19
Prayer For Today
Holy Father, I thank you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for reminding me of the need to wholly believe in your Word. I refuse the temptation of selective believing. I believe with all my heart! Amen