Deeper Day 332: Platitude

Platitude: A remark or statement, especially one with a moral content, that has been used too often to be interesting or thoughtful.

This word kept ringing through my mind for several days. When I researched the meaning, I was still wondering what God was wanting to say. Then I thought, “Wow, the world is full of people making platitudes.”

Oftentimes it feels like our words don’t even hold weight anymore. So many people making platitudes about so many things. For instance, the words, “That’s racist.” This should be reserved for serious moments when racist events are actually occurring, unfortunately it’s become a catch phrase used by those who don’t want to be questioned about their motives or for those who want sympathy. Does racism exist? Yes, in many different directions and forms. Do people take these words as seriously anymore? No, because it’s been over-used as a tactic of manipulation.

I remember when I was in my late teens and early twenties, there was an explosion of women crying, “Rape!”. This too, should be a word only used when it means something. Rape is a terrible thing. Why would people lie about it? I don’t know, but I remember it happening a lot during a certain time, and when that happened the word lost its weight.

How about, “I’m a Christian.” It’s sad but true that this statement has been so used by people that don’t mean it, that it doesn’t hold sway the way it should. Being a Christian, or Christ-follower, is my life. But many people just use the words to indicate their trust worthiness or to keep evangelists at bay. Not to show devotion to the Father.

Being a Christian indicates an action should follow. What action? You may be asking…well, living a Christ-focused life. It’s not enough to simply say, “I’m a Christian.” You must have actually asked Jesus into you heart for those words to bear any meaning.

I didn’t become a Christian because my parents dedicated me when I was a baby. I wouldn’t have become a Christian if my parents baptized me as a baby. I don’t become a Christian because I go to church and read my Bible. I don’t become a Christian just because all of my family and friends are Christians. I don’t become a Christian simply because I’m a good person (whatever that is, lol). I don’t become a Christian because I am pro-life.

The ONLY thing that makes me a true Christian is for me to believe in my heart and confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord.

But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9

Everything has always been about Jesus.

You may be wondering, “Why is she writing this salvation message when most people who read this are probably saved already.” The answer is simple, the world is constantly trying to reinvent and pervert the holy things, and I want to make it abundantly clear and to remind you that there is only ONE WAY to heaven. That will never change. We will never “evolve” to a place where Jesus is no longer necessary. He is the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Him. The end.

Prayer Moment: God, I am so thankful for Jesus. Thank You, Jesus for coming and dying on the cross for my sins. I could never repay You for what You’ve done. But I do pray that I live a life that makes You glad that You did. Help me to walk out a life that points the world to You. Help my relationship with You to always be authentic. Draw me closer. Teach me more. Come and know me, as I know You more. I am Yours completely. In Jesus’ name, Amen.