So many times in Christianity we are comparing ourselves to the people around us with a self-righteous attitude that sounds something like:
"Well, at least I'm not dressing like that."
"At least my boyfriend and I didn't go that far."
"I could be listening to worse music."
This is a miserable counterfeit for the standard that as followers of Christ we should be striving for. We are looking at what everyones else (the world and other Christians) is doing and saying that looks "good enough".
This is not what Christ followers are supposed to look like.
We are supposed to be representing a Kingdom.
Living lives of dignity and honor that are literally a picture of heaven on earth.
This can be summed up in a picture called "The Endless Frontier".
This is a topic preached on by Eric Ludy and you can hear his full sermon at www.ellerslie.com.
Basically, most Christians live their lives as if we were standing on the edge of the cliff. We're trying to see how close we can get to the edge without falling over. We watch as our friends jump off and go way beyond what we would so we look pretty good because we're still standing there.
But Jesus is behind you. He is the opposite direction completely away from what the world is going for. And He wants you to run in that direction! You need to have a constant holy discontentment in your faith-to never be satisfied with what you have learned and experienced but always be after MORE of Jesus!
Many times, we've taken one step toward Him and we want to stop. We want to say "Look, how far I've come!" But in reality, that's just ONE step! Jesus has 10,000 more steps He wants you to take toward Him. Sure, you're one step ahead of 99% of the rest of the population but don't pitch your tent! There's no tent pitching in the Christ life! If you stop here, what about the other 9,999 steps He has waiting for you! Imagine what you're going to miss! Hebrews 4:1, "Let us fear lest we fall short of the promise being left us!"
We never reach a point of "arrival" as believers. There is always more to go!
This thing doesn't end when you've reached some spiritual level.
There's more of Him to be experienced, depths of His Word yet to be discovered, and more of our lives to lay at His feet.
Here's the secret: give up your life. All of it. And never take it back.
When you give up your life, you get all of Him!
"Not that I have obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own because Jesus Christ has made me His own. Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way..only let us hold true to what we already know."-Philippians 3:12-16
So, take off with all that you have and don't look back.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Posted by Angela at 5:22 PM