You can’t go up if you don’t give up something that’s holding you back!
1 Timothy 6:6 “Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment.”
Contentment with Godliness is cool because it’s relational. It represents an upgrade in our relationship with the Father and says we are happy with him but still want more of him at the same time. It means we are exploring our future relationship with him while enjoying our current relationship with him. However, contentment outside of this context can lead us into complacency. Complacency is not on Gods agenda for any of us.
An athlete called up to the Olympic team must make decisions about lifestyle, health and fitness that are in agreement with a vision to win the Gold medal. Vision releases freedom but also brings restraint. The same applies to our spiritual lives and life calling. We all must choose to live in a way that is aligned with God’s purpose and permission. in order to generate accomplishments in some areas, i will have to curtail my involvement in areas that are dubious or unhelpful.
Examine your heart today, is your high calling in God matched by a high commitment or a low commitment? If it’s low, then evaluate everything and begin to change . you only have one life and it’s not a dress rehearsal. We are on stage now and the curtain is up. Your relationships might change, your study habits, your time with God, your conversations and how you use your income might have to all change to match the high calling God has given you.
When you launch out in the beginning of your journey, you may count the cost initially but never really understand the actual cost involved. As we journey we pay the price in installments, which makes it bearable. Every time we pay the next portion, we receive the next measure of God’s allowance to us and we continue to grow up in Christ. It’s only when we are shaken to our very core that we start to discover the hunger to overturn everything contrary to the life God has ordained for us.
Luke 19:10 “For the Son of Man came to seek and save the lost.”
There comes a point in every Christians journey when they need to decide what sort of Christian they want to be. What am I talking about? Jesus said, “Which of you desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man who began to build was not able to finish.”
There is a cost and a call involved in following Christ. You can decide to play it safe and be a nominal Christian who attends Church but doesn’t actively live out their faith and evangelize others in the gospel or you can choose to CROSS THE LINE and be the real deal and embrace the cost and reach out to people who don’t know Jesus.
The cost of following Christ can look like persecution and criticism from others, both close and far to you and the call looks like laying your life down to make disciples of others. I have experienced the reality of both of these in my walk with God.
As a full time pastor of a local church I could very easily hide behind the facade of the pulpit and not venture out past my own office to reach out to people far away from Jesus but the truth is, everyday I have a choice to make regarding the thousands of people that walk past Activate Church in our local shopping centre. Not only that but I could choose to not embrace all of Jesus teachings and develop a safe reputation within my local community or I could choose to cross the line and lay my life down for Jesus regardless of what people may say.
You can’t truly follow Jesus and do it half-heartedly. You are either all in or all out. One of the blessings of my life is being raised in a strong Christian home but at the same time one of the challenges of my life is being raised in a strong Christian home because I can easily forget the reality of being completely separated from God and what that feeling must be like.
I was sitting in a staff prayer meeting the other day and my eyes were opened again to the full realisation of the life Jesus has called me to. In my spirit, all I could hear was, “Cross the line… cross the line… cross the line…” I had a choice to make, Was I going to play it safe in my office or venture out and talk to someone about Jesus? Was I going to preach what God really wanted me to preach on Sunday or tone it down so that it was more tasteful from a religious perspective?
I can’t play it safe. I’m either all in or all out. I’ve crossed the line. How about you?