You can read Part 1 here: Reality Check (Part 1)...There Are Only Two Paths!
"We are living in a time of great spiritual shaking. It is a time when the serious believers will become more serious and the casual believers will fall away." unknown
Normally, I would pass by something like this quote and not give it a second thought. I've had so many thoughts lately though, on "extreme" Christians, and complacent Christians, and why people have settled in their faith.
Why are Christians nowadays content with reading their bible, praying to God, going to church, and then the rest of the time, living a secular life in a secular world.
How confused non believers must be by so many Christians. "They say they're a Christian, then they_________." So many things could fill that blank.
I don't think a lot of Christians are asking the tough questions of themselves, or to God. I don't think they really want to hear the answer.
What if you asked God if He thought you should drink coffee?
What if you asked God how He thought you should dress?
What if you asked God about your shopping habits?
What if you asked God about your fertility?
What if you asked God about your current career vs His plan for your life?
What if you asked God what He wanted you to do with your money?
What if you asked God how you should behave towards your husband?
What if you asked God? Would you dare? Are you scared of what the answer might be? Would you follow His direction in any or all of these if they didn't coincide with what you or society thought you should be doing? Do you really think you're always going to agree with God? Should you follow His plan, or yours?
Shouldn't we be seeking His council, in every aspect of our lives? Why have we chosen the easy questions to ask Him, and left the important ones?
I've read stuff lately on the early church, and how they have incorporated secular or pagan things into the church to please the rest of society. How often do we do that in our own lives? How far have we come from where we were meant to be? Are you content to live life as a lukewarm christian, in a lukewarm church, just so you don't offend or scare off some non Christians. Are you content to say, "I believe in Jesus Christ, so I'm going to heaven", and then to live your life as you please, while throwing in the occasional Christian ritual.
I have seen the truth behind that first quote all too well lately. There are a lot of Christians out there who are starting to ask the hard questions, who are becoming "extreme." I've also seen the huge amounts of Christians who are slowly being lulled to sleep, who are listening more and more to the whispers that are getting louder and louder in society...."God wants you to think for yourself, so why bother asking Him what He thinks" "That's not really what the Bible means by that" "So and so is a Christian, and they're doing this, if it was wrong they wouldn't be" "You're already saved it's not going to hurt" "You should have a say in your life" "You are in control" "You deserve to have that" "Nothing bad is really going to happen if you eat that apple!"
We're always listening to someone, but like my last post says, there are only two! Only two voices, only two paths.
What a self absorbed society we live in. Every man for himself right? What if we lived, Every Man for God! Wow what a society that would be.
So I dare you! I DARE you to ask God the hard questions! Then, I dare you to listen!
Verses to meditate on:
42Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. 43But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. 44Therefore you also must be ready, for the 42Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. 43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. 44Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. Matthew 24:42-44
Don't be complacent:
At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps and punish those who are complacent, who are like wine left on its dregs, who think, 'The LORD will do nothing, either good or bad. Zephaniah 1:12
Follow God's plan for your life:
“But whoever listens to me will dwell safely, and will be secure, without fear of evil.” (Proverbs 1:33)
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way should go; I will guide you with My eye.” (Psalm 32:8)
More is expected of you!
48 But someone who does not know, and then does something wrong, will be punished only lightly. When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required. Luke 12:48
"But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. " II Timothy 3:14-15
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. 1 John 2:15-16
Don't be a lukewarm/complacent Christian!
“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet. Matthew 5:13
Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. Matthew 12:30
From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water. James 3:10-12
For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions. 2 Timothy 4:3
Treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God. 2 Timothy 3:4
***By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother. 1 John 3:10***
Okay, is that enough to get you started? There are so many more, I just don't have time to add! If you want to read more verses on being a lukewarm Christian, go here: http://www.openbible.info/topics/lukewarm_christians
This is part of the Homemaking Linkup over at Raising Homemakers