We need more “Christians” to follow God. There, I said it. A lot of us have a heart for God but aren’t willing to give up our selfish desires to do what He says. The Lord says, “If you love me, you will obey me.” (John 14:23). That verse shouldn’t be overlooked. I remember my heart being absolutely broken when God once revealed to me a sin I was not willing to let go of. “But God, I do love you,” I would say. But that’s not how it works. “If you love me, you will obey me,” He says.
A pastor I know always says, “You can’t date sin and be intimate with God.” You just can’t– It’s one or the other. Not too long ago, I really thought that I was pursuing Christ. I spent time with Him every day, I wrote to Him, I even blogged about Him. But, I have come to the realization that I did all of those things because I was dry. I had quiet time to try to get rid of the dryness. I wrote blogs thinking that my words and thoughts would somehow fill my cup again. I was in the dessert for almost two years. I was lukewarm–reading my bible, thinking that I loved God, spending quiet time with him, etc. But, what I wasn’t doing was repenting from my sin. I was abusing God’s grace. God did not send His son to die on the cross for our sins so that we could continue to sin. The whole purpose of Jesus dying on the cross for our filth is so restore us. To make us new. To be born again with Him.
My fear is that some “Christians” will never get out of the lukewarm stage. After having experienced lukewarm Christianity, I can say that I would rather not be a believer than be a lukewarm Christian. That is a bold, harsh, and somewhat scary statement. But, I do not see the point in living two lives–it is exhausting, restless, scary, etc. There is SO MUCH more to a relationship with Christ than just prayer and church. And, I am forever thankful that He is teaching me that during this sweet, sweet season.
If you get up in the morning, do your devotional, be nice to your friends, go to small groups/bible studies and church, but still feel empty, unmoved, or bored, then dig deep and figure out the sin that God so lovingly wants you to let go of. I can assure you that when you repent, your cup will not just be full, but overflowing.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD
forever. ~ Psalm 23:5-6