I’ve been really grieved on the inside lately. Why do we, who profess to be Christians, still long to live like the world? We can’t have it both ways. I know it’s not easy a lot of the time to stay away from the things we have no business taking part in, but it just seems like many Christians (a lot of the ones I’ve encountered, anyway) don’t even have the desire to live for God and to stay away from sin. We’re too comfortable with sin. It’s like it doesn’t exist anymore. Jesus paid the price for our sins on that cross, we “accept and believe” that He did it to provide salvation for us, but then we live our lives like none of that matters. Christ died to free us from the bondage of sin, so why do we choose to go “back into Egypt”, so to speak, and reshackle our own wrists? Being saved doesn’t give us a “sin pass”. It actually provides us with the ability to abstain from sin…if we’re truly saved, that is. The whole chapter of Romans 6 speaks very well to this. In particular, verses 16-19 say:
16Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? 17But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. 18Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.19I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.
In other words, your actions show who you represent. We will all mess up in some area at some time or another, but that can’t be your mode of thinking. We should acknowledge and be aware of the fact that we will still sin, but can’t just go looking to commit sin just because we’re human and imperfect. True, nobody’s perfect and we won’t get it right all the time, but it’s the intent that matters. It’s our mindset that matters. But when we repeat the same sins over and over and over and over again, what does that say about our mindset? Sounds like we don’t really want to get rid of that problem, or we’re not seeking and staying in God’s face asking Him to guide us to solve the problem. We have to stop being so passive. If we want to get rid of sin, or more accurately-habitual sin, we can’t just pray, “Lord, make me stop sinning!” And then think He’s just going to possess you and make you stop. We need be proactive. Ask God for the strength and guidance to overcome temptations. You have to have a mind change about the thing. If you don’t change the way you think about something, you’ll be more likely to return to it. Why keep running back to the same thing Christ died to separate you from? I, myself, have been there, but I came to a point where I was reading the Word and talking to God and developed a relationship with Him like I’ve never had before. Once that was established, it became easier and easier to stop doing the things I found myself falling back into. I have my Heavenly Father, the Creator of the universe and everything in it, the Almighty, righteous, just, holy, loving, and patient, God to please. I saw no more reason to continue with the habitual foolishness that has nothing to do with glorifying Him and that has no positive affect on my afterlife with Him.
Honestly, I question if I was even truly saved before I came to the point where I am now. Yeah, I believed the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but my life didn’t reflect it as well as it should have. I wasn’t really praying like I should, I definitely wasn’t reading my Bible, my life was just the usual day-to-day thing..yeah, I talked to God here and there but it wasn’t qualitative, and I even stayed away from doing the obvious things that I know go against Him, but my life was very unfulfilled and spiritually desolate. Simply believing, and being an every-Sunday church attendee stopped being enough for me. I knew God was deeper than just “religious habit” and that’s the God I wanted to know. I was tired of the superficial “Sunday God”…I wanted the everyday lifestyle relationship with God. I believe He prompted my spirit with a hunger for Him, and I took the responsibility of responding to it. He’s taught me that it’s not about religious habits that grow hollow over time. It has EVERYTHING to do with a real relationship with Him. A real, genuine relationship with someone makes it hard for you to knowingly hurt them or do wrong to them. A real, genuine relationship with God makes it harder for me to intentionally sin against Him or displease Him. I just pray that we as Christians can step up to the plate and live for God. We have no problem identifying members of sororities/fraternities. They have paraphernalia of their organizations all over the places. They have clothing, jewelry, license plates, bumper stickers, hand signs, and even tattoos and brands, that represent these man-made organizations (who’s histories involve false gods and goddesses, which is another issue entirely,lol). So we have to ask no questions about what organization they represent. But when it comes to Christ, where’s the evidence that we represent Him? I’m not talking about physical belongings with the ubiquitous “fish” on them and hanging crosses everywhere, but I’m talking about lifestyle evidence. Why do we claim Christ, but have a lifestyle identical to those who don’t know Him, and even refuse and reject Him? We’re just way too comfortable fitting in with the evil associated with this God-rejecting world..Too comfortable assimilating…and the sad part is that many of us like it and prefer it that way…we can’t straddle the fence anymore…it’s time to pick sides…While this spiritual warfare stuff is getting more apparent and vicious everyday, we Christians are getting more complacent, self-absorbed, and lazy everyday. Sleeping soldiers can’t win the battle…and sadly, they become casualties…..