A lot of people consider themselves Christians, or believers in God. Yet there seems to be a big disconnect between what it means to be a Christian and how we are actually living our lives.
A.W. Tozer wrote,
“We can explain Christianity, but we are not able to live it from our hearts”.
While I read this I got to thinking about how true that has become for many of us. We are not actually living our faith, or not actually believing it in our hearts. Three nuggets were put on my heart that I want to share.
1. Christianity is about a lot more than just words.
It’s not about trendy sayings, cute t-shirts and coffee mugs. It’s not just about telling people you’ll pray for them when a relative dies or when they’re going through something hard. It’s about a deep commitment in your heart to love and serve God.
When one becomes a Christian, a change must occur in the heart to accept that God lives and rules in the whole heart. Much like you commit your life to a spouse or significant other, we must commit our hearts to God.
This means actually opening up and reading a bible. Or begin slowly by reading devotional books or bible studies that break things down.
This means following God’s commands in the bible.
2. Christianity is about more than being consoled.
God always seems to come up when disaster or injustice strikes. But truth be told is that God is around a lot more than just these times. He’s actually around all the time. God doesn’t exist to just console us. He exists to save us.
For some of us, it’s easier to talk about God in the hard times. It’s more socially acceptable. People are rarely criticized or called out for telling a hurting friend that they are “in our prayers”. Bringing up God any other time though might put you in an awkward situation or out you, and so we avoid it.
It also can be easy to look to God when it seems that nothing else is left. When you’ve tried everything else. There is nothing wrong with turning to God and seeking comfort from him because God is a God who is always with us and is willing to meet us. Yet, I will say it again.
God doesn’t exist to console us. He exists to save us. We need to stop ignoring God until things fall apart, or the world around us seems really confusing or messed up.
God desires more of us. He desire us all the time.
3. God will have the last word.
Something that I think people forget sometimes, myself included, is that God will have the last word. The bible talks about God coming back to bring justice and judgement one last time. Judgement day is real. God will come back and hold the earth accountable.
All of us will be held accountable for our actions, either when we die or when judgement day comes. We will be held accountable to what the bible says about how we should live our lives.
As Christians we need to stop acting like what God has said in his word has softened, changed, or grown as the times change. God will judge us based upon the same commandments and promises that the Bible has held for many years.
We cannot begin to think that God will judge people each according to what THEY believe to be the truth, to be right, or to be what is best for them. No, God will judge each of us according to HIS standards.