God has called us to live an Abundant Life, just as Jesus describes in John 10:10.
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
I’m thinking that we are settling for far less than an Abundant Life, especially as Christians, the Body of Christ. For example…
By all appearances, we are content to go to church, listen to a few songs, settle in for a nice sermon that was designed to make us feel better about ourselves, then head quickly for the door in order to get a seat at our favorite restaurant.
Content to leave exactly as we came.
Content to settle for yet another dry, lifeless, powerless church service.
The only thing worse than this is doing it all over again.
Surely, the enemy of our souls is watching all of this, gleeful in that we have succumbed to the spirit of slumber. This, in spite of Paul’s warning to the church at Rome:
“And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.” Rom. 13:11
This is what settling does to us. It allows complacency to overwhelm our senses to the point that we no longer are even aware of what we don’t have!
Our churches have all kinds of musical talent for example. From keyboards and guitars to drums and full orchestra’s. Music fills the rafters. Yet it’s one lifeless, cold, ritualistic note after another, void of any anointing that might sear the conscious or break through a heart hardened by sin.
So we settle. And we clap. And we sing. And we clap some more.
And leave exactly the same way we came.
We have learned to be OK with settling. In fact, settling is now normal.
Our ministers now have access to scriptural knowledge like at no other time in history. Thanks to the Internet, entire volumes of reference materials are at our fingertips. Huge libraries containing thousands of works published by sold out men and women of God are accessible via a click of a computer mouse.
Yet for all of this available knowledge and wisdom, what we are presented on Sunday mornings are short sermonettes containing tidbits of scripture, but filled with stories about being a better you, or how to live your best life. To more than a few, this is a great time to take a nap!
These sermonnettes are nothing more than pulpit cheer-leading. They prompt us to feel the “rah rah rah” of the moment, but cannot prevent the euphoria from draining away when life suddenly interrupts our version of “churchianity”.
For that, we need the whole counsel of the meat of God’s Word.
Do you want to know the secret to living your best life, and how to be a better you? The secret is to die daily. That’s right, draw nigh to God and in the process you will crucify this flesh that demands more and more of the pleasures of this world.
Would it shock you to learn that God isn’t the least bit interested in whether or not you are living your best life? Would it surprise you to learn that what He is really interested in is that you submit your entire life to Him?
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Matthew 6:33
Give Him all of you FIRST, then the things you desire will come. Anything less than this is settling. Yes, seeking the kingdom of God first is a costly endeavor. It will cost you your WILL.
Nothing worth having is free, nor does it come easy. The rewards however, are priceless.
Why then do we settle for less than the Abundant Life Jesus spoke of?
What exactly are you settling for?