That’s a phrase I’ve been thinking about a lot lately.
I’ve really started to realize that on the most basic level, serving God is all about attitude. I mean, I’ve known that that’s important; Christ said that not only is murder wrong, but hatred is too. Not only is it wrong to commit adultery, but it’s wrong to lust. Obviously, God wants our hearts. But what’s hard is achieving that level of constantly trying to do better. And I think that’s why no one ever comes to a perfect understanding of spiritual things, and no one ever reaches “perfection.” Because we can always find a deeper way to serve God. We can always find ways to concentrate more fully on spiritual things. When we’re told “seek and you shall find” in Matthew 7, I think that’s an admonition that’s supposed to stick with us our entire lives.
And that’s why I think there are many of us who really need to reassess our relationship with the Lord. Are we really seeking after him? Unfortunately, I think there are many people that fit into the “Accidental Christian” category, because their conviction has merely become a surface thing. They profess to follow Christ, but you’d never know it by the way they live. And I don’t necessarily mean that they’re immoral. Perhaps just amoral. Or indifferent. At the end of Revelation 3, Christ gives a devastating diagnosis of the church at Laodicea. Because they were “lukewarm” he would vomit them out of his mouth.
And I would imagine that those people attended every service.
Christianity should be so much more than that! Do we really believe that we are in desperate need of Christ? Do we understand that the salvation he offers is the most precious thing any of us could ever possess? And we don’t even deserve it! If we really believe those things, then are we trying to share it with others? If you had a cure for cancer, would you be afraid to talk about it with other people? Would you be too timid to tell a cancer-ridden friend that you know how they can be cured? When we treat the gospel of Christ that way, what does it say about our faith?
Being a Christian is much more than attending services and living morally. It takes so much more than that. Now don’t misunderstand, those things are still important. In fact, I believe they are completely necessary. But let’s not leave off there.
I have been guilty of going through the motions in the past. But that’s something I don’t want to be guilty of any more. Will you stand with me? Let’s not be content to do the minimum. Christ gave us everything, and he deserves everything in return. The answers are in his word. Let’s study it, let’s live it, let’s teach it.