Here we are, dear readers. The last day of this journey. One of the most important things we can do as we strive to grow closer to God is to remember the things God has done for us. We give Him praise and glory for those things, and He blesses us and wows us all the more with different glorious things, that we can praise Him for, then He pours out more…do you see? It’s a wonderful cycle.
The thing that I believe happens to a lot of Christians is this. They start forming that relationship with God, and things begin to look up. Then they (I’m guilty too, I know) begin to get complacent. They think that “I’m okay, life is good. I can just relax here”. But Revelation 3:15-17 states that
“‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! 16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. 17 For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.”.
This is a hard word-but the Lord has no place for a lukewarm, complacent Christian. This isn’t to say you won’t have periods in life where there seems to be no growth. This also isn’t to say that you shouldn’t enjoy the blessings of life. No! The Lord says he wants us to have life, and life to the fullest! We were created to enjoy life.
What I am saying, however, is don’t let that enjoyment get in the way of your walk with the Lord. Don’t let your good standing in this life hinder you in advancing in your relationship with Christ. Because do you know what happens when a relationship stalls?
It begins to fade.
I speak from personal experience here. Little by little you slip back into old habits. You think your standing with the Lord is good, so you allow things to creep back in. Little things. Things that don’t really matter. Before you know it they turn into bigger things, and bigger, and then you’re right back in the sin that you started in-and most of the time, in a worse position. This is a terrible place to be.
So how does one keep from reaching this place of complacency and the WRONG contentment?
By reminding themselves of all of the good that God has done for them.
While we were yet dead in our sins, Christ died to enable us to be alive in Him. WHILE WE STILL DIDN’T LOVE HIM, He loved us. While we spit on Him and rejected His name and lived our own way, He shed His own blood. Think of all the times, in your Christian and non-Christian walk, in which God intervened. That alone should inspire praise in all of us.
“Sing to the LORD, for he has done wonderful things. Make known his praise around the world.”
The Lord is perfect, and the things He does deserve praise. In my life He has kept me in many situations. I lived in a broken home, I was a player, I was alone and sad and desperate for attention and becoming suicidal. I was wanting intimacy from all the wrong people and places. Now, I have a home again. I have people around me who love me and care about me. I have a girlfriend I plan to marry. I have all the loneliness filled with the Holy Spirit. He turned my life completely around!! Why wouldn’t I want to praise Him?
To remember what God has done for you, I suggest keeping a journal of all of the good things God does in your life. Then, when you feel yourself sliding away, or growing too complacent, go back and read how God has been active in your life. Give Him the glory, and strive to grow even closer to Him. Trust me. Reflecting on where YOU used to be, and where God has brought you will inspire you to pursue Him.
We all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. We all owe Him our entire….everything. Entirely. When we stop and pause, and reflect and remember the wretches we were and the sin we were in and the terrible situations and how God pulls us through all of that….it will make us want to love Him and know Him even more!
It is so important for us to have a relationship with our Lord.
“16 …But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”
-2 Corinthians 3, 16-18.
God is continually working to love us and bless us and transform us!! We also need to work to continually let ourselves be transformed…learning about our Creator.
All praise and glory and majesty and honor be to my God, our God, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who died for our sins.
God bless you all!
~Michael Wright, Jr.~