One of those pivotal moments in any high school, college, or post-college relationship where you have to awkwardly discuss what in the world you are doing with this other person you’ve been hangin out with for a few weeks or months.
It can go one of two extremes- the heartache of a breakup or the elation of a ‘Facebook official’, boyfriend-girlfriend status.
Either way, it is a necessary part of any relationship, including our relationship with our Savior.
This past weekend in Oak Grove, I listened to a sermon that really struck me about being a radical extremist for God. The more the pastor went on, the more guilty and convicted I felt in my personal relationship with my God.
In Revelations 3:15-17, the angel of the church plainly says, “I know you inside and out, and find little to my liking. You’re not cold, you’re not hot- far better to be either cold or hot! You’re stale. You’re stagnant.”
I don’t know about y’all, but I’m not the kind of person who likes to approach anything I do in a lukewarm manner. Whether it’s teaching my elementary students or working on my Master’s or even pursuing new recipes for my blog, I’ve never been the kind of person that can do something halfway, halfhearted, halfenthused.
When I wanted to do a half-marathon back in college, by-golly I trained and put in the miles and finished that race second in my age-group. However, when I consider my daily relationship with God, I’m sickened to realize I’m don’t approach Him in the same way I approach half-marathon training. I know He deserves so much more than the minute amount of time, energy, and thought I give my Savior on a daily basis.
The problem is God won’t accept anything less than an extreme passion for Him. He wants to be our #1 priority and won’t accept being put on the backburner. He wants to know us, spent time with us, and be apart of every moment of our brief lives on this planet.
The other problem is our society tells us we need to just be normal, blend in with everyone else, and fit in, not stand out as a crazy Christian lunatic. From early elementary school, we realize how valuable it is to have the right shoes, the right haircut, and even the right backpack, and standing out is a dangerous, scary, vulnerable thing.
But God doesn’t want us to just blend in with our passion for Him. He wants our lives to be a testament of Him, a passionate, raging fire in our hearts and lives.
But when I consider what my relationship looks like with Him, it’s very safe. I have my daily quiet time before school every morning, I go to bible study once a week, I attend church every Sunday, and I listen to Christian radio in my car. But do I live with the same passion for Christ that I display during last week’s season opener in which Tennessee barely scraped by a win in overtime against App State?! Not even close.
God doesn’t want us to be religious. He wants a relationship with us; and just like any relationship- be it friendship, marriage, parenthood- you’ve got to put in the quality time. And for God, He doesn’t want just an hour once a week from us. He asks us to deny and die to ourselves, our flesh, and follow Him. Easier said than done, I know.
Nonetheless, we can take steps toward leading a life more centered around Him.
1) Surround yourself with believers. 2 Timothy 3 reminds us that there are so many people that love everything in this world but God, to which he says “Have nothing to do with such people.”
2) Be realistic with yourself. If your relationship with Christ is Sunday-heavy, with little time throughout the rest of the week, take baby steps to change that. Sign-up for daily devotionals emailed to your phone that your can read while sitting in the pick-up line at school, waiting on the coffee to finish brewing in the morning, or before passing out in bed at night.
3) Ask for strength. Don’t expect to take this on by just your will and strength alone. The enemy is very real and looks for ways to derail us throughout our day. Only God can help us defeat such evil, yet we must acknowledge our weakness to Him and admit our need for Him.
Y’all got this. And the best part is we have a God who is head-over-heels crazy about us and wants nothing more than to be in a chips-all-in relationship with us.
Healthy Happy Texan
I'm a Foodie, Fitness Instructor, and Follower of Christ. Add a passion for teaching others, dark chocolate, bacon, and dogs -- and that's me in a box.
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