Life has not slowed down for me lately. Major decisions have still been peeking their head around the corner as to say “Hey, don’t forget you’ve still got to deal with me! Okay, just wanted to make sure I was on your mind. Alright I’ll be here waiting for you!” On top of that, daily life hasn’t gotten any less….active.
I’ve been doing a pretty good job, managing things — only by the grace and strength of God — but it wasn’t until I experienced a family emergency over the past couple of weeks that I was really able to get a blast of “knowledge”. That blast was the knowledge that there is SO much more for me to do for the kingdom of Christ that I haven’t tapped into. I have been running dangerously close to running spiritually low; and for any Christian, that is one of the worst things that can happen depending on how much “hope and faith and authority” you feel you’ve got in your “tank”. Thankfully, I was filled up to almost full when this recent wave of life hit, but now that I’ve had a chance to sit back and look at people throwing praises for Bruce Jenner, talking about selfies and fashion, disregarding the tragedies that happen in our backyard daily; I realize that I can not afford to run dry. As a Christian living in today’s society I have to step it up because people need to hear the truth and at least have a chance to be convicted (as it convicts me daily).
1 John 2:3-6 says, “We know that we have come to know Him if we keep His commands. Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what He commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys His word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in Him: Whoever claims to live in Him must live as Jesus did.”
What John (of Zebedee) was saying in this passage is so true and most importantly inspired by God. There are so many people THIS day proclaiming to be sons and daughters of God ONLY when it’s convenient for them. This is really no new news, but it’s amping up as the years go on. I remember reading the end time prophecies as a kid and thinking, “Christianity is so large now, there is no way people are going to do this. How can you claim to be a Christian but not really follow and pattern your life after Christ”, YET here we are, 2015 and beyond and it’s happening! People use the term Christian when it’s convenient. They proudly display Christ when talking about someone else, but when it comes to their own stuff, suddenly sing a new tune….
Talking to someone else – “Oh they need Jesus, stealing from those kids”
Talking about them – “Oh you don’t agree with gay marriage?! You’re a biggot. God is love and wants me to marry whoever I see fit.”
Talking about someone else – “Those terrorists blowing stuff up and killing folks! Oh God please help us! Glad I got Jesus.”
Talking about them – “So what if I got 10 baby mamas and I sell dope and I sleep with anything with a pulse. God know my heart.”
I don’t think I need to go on. If you identify yourself as a Christian, you are going to have to let go of some things that you want to hold onto. Contrary to popular belief, life doesn’t get easier when you give your life to Christ (aka get saved) — if anything it gets HARDER! It’s easy to fling Christ’s name around in a prayer or two when we’re in trouble, but it’s actual WORK when you have to let that alcoholism go, and let those cheating ways go, and let those sticky fingers go — it’s work. You can’t just USE God’s name when it’s convenient. That’s just like you making it to the NBA and your deadbeat father who was never in your life was out slinging your name around, “yeah that’s my kid, love them with my life”. You would be mad wouldn’t you?! Why? Because he wouldn’t know anything about you and would be doing nothing but trying to cash in on the benefits of simply knowing ABOUT you.
That’s how you look being a “convenient Christian”. You don’t spend anytime truly trying to learn God through church, bible study, and prayer — and you don’t “hang out with Him” (aka living a righteous lifestyle) — and yet here you are making Him look bad by slinging His name around whenever you feel like it. “Oh yeah, God’s my homie.” “I know I don’t really get down with Him like that but naw He’ll come through for this miracle if I call on Him just this one good time.”
I take PAINS and go to GREAT measures to not be this type of Christian, and it’s my sincere prayer that you are doing the same. Take the time to get to know God so you can know His promises for your life and what you need to do to ensure you are truly walking right and following Him! There is NO way you can go on the snippets of scriptures you hear little by little — you should WANT to read to understand the Holy Bible because it’s simply a blueprint for living the good life!
I’m glad I had this “come to Jeusus moment” — I don’t want to wait til the water runs dry to realize I need more of [Him]. ❤