Monday, 23 April 2012
All my life -- up until last week or so -- I've always thought that I was supposed to live my life, going through it doing my own thing but just following a set of rules and acknowledging God here and there through my long day. I never felt full only feeling God here and there, as I was also doing the same to Him. I always thought something wasn't right but wasn't really sure; I always said, "I guess this is just how it is, God cant be with you always right?"
I got a hold of a book that's changed my life forever, I have found my missing piece of the puzzle. The book is called Crazy Love, by Francis Chan. It talks about how us as Christians today are doing so much wrong, only giving God the leftovers of our life as He does so much for us. But we are too ill-minded to realize it. We think, "Oh I gave a little today and prayed for half a second earlier; I've done my will for God." In all reality He wants us all the time, not just five seconds of our day.
We are so involved in running our own life for our own selves that we for get about what Jesus said "take up your cross and follow me." We do not do that in our day; we give him little attention as we go about having fun watching silly TV shows and buying things for ourselves, caring for the world more than Jesus. In Chan's word's "we live Lukewarm."
This is what Jesus has to say about being "lukewarm:"
Revelation 3:15-17 NIV
I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.
Surely it doesn't sound like He is too enthusiastic about the idea, does it? So what we need to do as Christians is do what Jesus said, "pick up your cross and follow me." Do what He would want you to do. Acknowledge Him as your Lord and savior. Do his will, and stop worrying about yourself and face reality. You aren't here on this earth to live the life you want -- you are here to live the life Jesus wants you to. Don't live lukewarm but put your all into Him, that is what he wants.
Have you ever read Crazy Love? What did you learn from the book? When have you been lukewarm in your relationship with God, and what can you do to grow closer to Him?