12/1/2018 – Mediocrity.

To me, it seems that a large amount of people that I see in the church, often including myself, are living a life of mediocrity when it comes to their Christian walk. They’re simply going to church out of the legalistic view that they should, then afterwards revert back to their daily life.

Thinking about this, I’ve had to ponder myself how often that I don’t take the word of God seriously. How often we don’t take in the magnificence of the Word of God and what it means for us and what the Bible commands of us in return.

If we all took the Bible for what it is and could even grasp a hint of the seriousness of what it says on a more than occasional basis, I believe the gospel would be spreading like wildfire right now, instead of the bulk of people who label themselves “Christian” living lives that aren’t glorifying Christ, using it more as a label than an identity.

Ponder the following verses about how we should live our lives. If we really attempted to do all of these in our every thought, action and word spoken, would our lives look considerably different than they do now? I know that mine would, I’m as guilty as anyone else when it comes to not living as vehemently on fire for Christ as I should.

Colossians 3:23-24: “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”

Ecclesiastes 9:10: “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.”

Ephesians 6:7-8 “Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free.” (in context this is about serving in the church, but still applicable.)

Colossians 3:17 “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (everything in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.)

James 1:27 “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” As one article I just read states, which is rather profound but true: God doesn’t want any more religious people. He wants disciples after his own heart and after the heart of Jesus Christ. 

Matthew 18:9 “And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into the hell of fire.” This is an example of how seriously God views sin. If you are caught in sin, it is best to do whatever is necessary to stop that sin. If it’s pornography, it might be best to throw out the computer or switch to a dumb phone, if it’s lusting after others, don’t be in a place where you have that opportunity, if it’s swearing, don’t do it and watch your tongue as what comes from the mouth as the Bible states that the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them. So, if you’re caught in swearing and cursing, that’s where your heart is. It’s not in the right place and something needs to be done. It’s applicable to every sin. If you identify anything as a sin, stop it right away as it’s detestable to the Lord and you’ll be much, much better off for it and find peace.

Second Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”

I will quote an article here:

We were not born again to be born into mediocrity. God wants us to excel in all we do and for His glory. There is no room for average in the kingdom. Besides, we should have a deep desire to live a holy life, hate the sin when we see it, and to live a life of obedience to God. That’s what new creations do. They have new desires to live a life pleasing to God and they have the desire to hate evil and to avoid it. The old desires in our old hearts have become new desires in a new heart bent toward obeying God.

If we don’t see these old desires fading, if we don’t have conviction about what we know we’re doing that’s sinful, if we aren’t able to push those things away, we might need to question if we’re really saved to begin with, as the Bible is clear that the spirit will give us the power to push all of the old garbage away and turn into a new creation and live a life of obedience to Christ.

Here’s a little article I’ll leave you with that’s very truthful: How to be a Mediocre American Christian. How many of these are you doing in your life?

http://jesushacks.com/mediocre-christian/

I’d recommend that you give it a good read. Take it in. See which of these are applicable to you. If anyone actually reads my banterings, feel free to comment on this post and that article I just linked you to. Tell me what you think about my daily blog, which isn’t quite daily since I skipped a day, but still close enough.

Let’s try to live a life that’s not mediocre. Let’s try to live a Christian life that at least resembles the way that we are called to walk.

Bye for now,

Just Stephen

 

 

 

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