When we live from our convictions it produces passion. In Joshua 14:7 Caleb said, “I was forty years old when Moses, the servant of the LORD, sent me from Kadesh Barnea to explore the land. And I brought him back a report according to my convictions.” Caleb recalls when he first stepped onto the Promised Land. He said: Yes, there are giants in the land but our God is bigger and greater and we can take it. He said: I gave a report that flowed from something I believe with all my heart, that I have a great God. Of course, he was outvoted – he and Joshua were outvoted 10 to 2, but he didn’t care, it wasn’t a popularity contest. Caleb wasn’t trying to follow the crowd. He was standing on his convictions. You have to build passion on a foundation of core convictions that don’t change with the blowing wind, that don’t change with opinion polls, or circumstances, tough times, or problems. You have to build passion on core convictions that are based on something greater than yourself. As followers of Christ, we have core convictions based on scripture, and knowledge of the Bible is our compass.
“Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.” Acts 17:11
Through prayer and the study of scripture, I know that Jesus Christ is the light of the world. He came to this world and died on a cross because my sin required a penalty I couldn’t pay. He conquered sin and death by raising himself from the dead on the third day. Because I’ve received His free gift of grace and forgiveness, one day I will live in a perfect place, heaven, with the true and living God and with those who’ve committed their lives to Him. That’s the Gospel, that’s the good news in a bad news world. That’s what my convictions are based upon.