Have you ever left from church on Sunday feeling totally refreshed and ready to face the week ahead of you?
Me. Every week.
But something was wrong. I would feel amazing on Sunday, inspired by the message I had received and by the end of the day on Monday I would have forgotten what I had just learned the day before! I was being told to live my life for Christ, always doing what would please Him but then I would get angry with the person who cut me off in traffic, would gossip with my co-workers about the boss, and I wasn’t even attempting to crack open my Bible.
And then it hit me. Hard. Right in the gut.
Our Pastor was preaching on this notion many of us tend to hold about standing on middle ground. As I was listening, I was thinking to myself “oh my gosh this is an awesome message” and then my stomach sank. He was speaking right at me!
In Matthew 12:30 Jesus says “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters”. So in plain English: either you are for Jesus, or against Jesus. Which further translates to: you either live your life fully for Him, or you don’t. It’s as simple as that. It’s either one side or the other, there is no MIDDLE GROUND. However, we wouldn’t be human if we didn’t like to make things complicated, right? I can attest to that. I act one way in church, and then completely different once I leave. We want to say we are believers, but then we pick and choose how we act as Christians.
NEWS FLASH: this is not how it should be. If we are truly committed to living our lives for Jesus Christ, then we should be doing so 100% of the time. Not 95%. Not 99.9%. But ALL the time. This means we can’t pick and choose when we exude the Holy Spirit dwelling in us. We must make decisions for daily living based on our faith, but these decisions MUST be informed. Meaning, we have to receive the information given to us in the Bible. Which also means that we actually need to READ the Bible. What a concept.
Trust me, I was just as shocked as you are. But you would be amazed at what you discover in that amazing book. Not to mention, we will uncover something new every time we read it. It’s packed full of information for practical living according to God. I have really committed myself to doing my Bible study first thing in the morning because, not only does this set the tone for the day, but it also helps to keep me focused on the overall goal: living my life for Christ.
But you are probably sitting there like okay Kat, I get it read the Bible, but what if something comes up and I don’t know how to handle it in a Christ-like way? Have no fear. This was the same question I asked too. Well if you look at James 1:19-26 says that we should be “quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry” (Verse 19). So we need to apply this to our lives, if you find yourself are in a situation where someone is acting crazy then listen to what they are saying, pray about the situation, give it a little time and then calmly address what happened. Anger is useless and will get you nowhere, as you will see in James 1:20 where it says “for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires”.
Whoa. Put a fork in me because I am DONE. All the times that I have gotten angry over the DUMBEST and SMALLEST things makes me ashamed to even think about it. But it doesn’t do us any good to get angry. If we would all just think before we speak or took a breather instead of getting angry, I think we would all have fewer regrets – am I right?
Here’s the bottom line: there is no middle ground when it comes to living your life for Christ. You either do or you don’t. Now, assuming that we are all living our lives for Christ, we must all be informed so that we are armed with powerful teachings as we go about our day to day business. The way we will become informed is by reading God’s Word: the Bible. We must read His Word and pray over situations that may come up so that we can handle them correctly. Not only will we feel really good about ourselves for living in accordance with God but others will see how we are acting and they will begin to see how our relationship with God is truly transforming us! MIND=BLOWN.
Leave me a comment below! I would love to hear how you handle the craziness that life throws at you and your favorite Bible verse that helps you to stay focused on God during those situations?
Until next time and always remember to “Be the Light”