Unfortunately, there has been a “settling” for the things of God among Christians. Many receive Christ, join a local church, make sure we’re volunteering and then we stop there. Salvation enters our life and many seek no further for all the beautiful promises from God in His word, to His people. We settle for an emotional high in the church building that gives us a temporary uplifting, but does not bring spiritual transformation to our hearts and lives. Are we really just satisfied by only making it into heaven? Yes, I said only, because God has so much for us on our journey in this life on earth, but He will only indulge us as much as we would like. He is such a gentleman.
After salvation there should come transformation. This transformation can only come by renewing our minds with the word of God and The Holy Spirit working in us. However, many Christians are deceived into thinking they can ignore their spiritual food (The word of God) and still be a healthy productive believer. This is the most common deception in the body of Christ. Somehow through sin, demonic oppression and/or our own selfish ways we have been convinced that we can ignore one of the most important ingredients to our walk with Christ. Would you expect your physical body to function at its full potential without the proper nourishment? Then why do many Christians think they can ignore spending time studying God’s word and they will still be well equipped to stand and fulfill their destiny in Christ?
2 Timothy 3:16-17(NKJV)16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Even more sad, is many Christians do not even really pursue to get to know this Jesus they claim to be following. Being a Christian means to be Christ-like, to follow Christ, to be like Him. How can I be like someone I do not really know? If you asked most “believers” to tell you 10 stories out of the gospels or name Jesus’ disciples, most would not be able to. It is important to know the person you are following, wouldn’t you say? We should be engulfed in the gospels at least; that we may know how Jesus slept, ate, drank, dealt with the disciples, how He handled the leaders of His day, how he handled the government in His day, how he related to the sick, poor, and sinners, His enemies, etc… Many of us are not rooted and grounded in the word and wonder why when the least little storm comes, it’s a struggle to stand and our faith is weak.
Romans 10:17(NKJV)17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
It is the Word of God that builds up our faith. It is the Word of God that renews our mind and molds us to be more like Him.
Romans 12:2(NKJV)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.
The true transformation happens when our minds and hearts are washed clean by the word of God. It starts by us wanting to surrender our will for God’s will and that is the stronghold on many Christians. As much as many of us go to church and are thankful for our salvation, many are not taking the next step and truly wanting Christ to be Lord over our lives. We still want to be in control. We still want to do it our way. We still want to have the final word. Therefore, many are settling for a superficial Christianity and not pursuing more of God, because we know deep down that once we surrender, Christ will come in and completely transform our lives into His image. He will get rid of somethings, add somethings and improve somethings by His standards and not our own. This frightens many of us, so we are content to stay in the superficial zone of our Christianity. This makes me sad and I’m sure it makes God sad. He has so much for us and we are trading our destiny for a bowl of stew, to satisfy our own bellies. We are selling our destiny in Christ to satisfy our flesh.
Genesis 25:29-33 (NKJV) Esau Sells His Birthright
29 Now Jacob cooked a stew; and Esau came in from the field, and he was weary. 30 And Esau said to Jacob, “Please feed me with that same red stew, for I am weary.” Therefore his name was called Edom.[a]
31 But Jacob said, “Sell me your birthright as of this day.”
32 And Esau said, “Look, I am about to die; so what is this birthright to me?”
33 Then Jacob said, “Swear to me as of this day.”
So he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob.
A New Year is approaching. I want to challenge you by the love and grace of God to go deeper in your relationship with Christ. Want more of Jesus this year. Learn of Him, pray and ask Him to “Give me more of you Lord.” Decide to spend time in His word and get to know Him more, that you may fulfill your destiny in Him and live The Abundant Life. God has so much in store for you, but you must read the manual and position yourself to receive all of Him, not just some. Don’t you want to know what God has planned for you to do and be here in this earth? I pray that a new hunger is stirred up in all of us and we will no longer settle for mediocrity in our walk, but we will hunger and thirst after righteousness and be all we were created to be in Christ Jesus. We are supposed to be Ambassadors for Christ, the light and salt, representing Him in the earth. Just like we have The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit, we also need to be equipped with Prayer, The Word, and Worship in our everyday lives to be effective. I beg you,
whatever excuses you have that keep you from spending time with God in His word, that you would take those excuses to God in prayer. Be honest with Him and ask Him to help you. He is faithful and just to hear you and answer you in all things. It’s time to truly pursue Christ and The Abundant Life.♥
Matthew 7:7-12 (NKJV) Keep Asking, Seeking, Knocking
7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! 12 Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.