Listened to a Pastor last week make a passing comment about ‘not really doing secular’.
It’s an interesting comment, one I do not have the full context of, but one that has certainly made me think. It’s made me observe my life too.
- Am I loving the secular too much?
- Does my love for the secular squeeze out my love for God?
- Do I try and live too close to the edge of my faith so I still ‘fit in’?
- Should I give some stuff up in response to what Jesus gave up for me?
I think the answer to all of these questions is probably ‘YES’. If we are honest, the answer for nearly everyone would be ‘YES’.
It’s so easy to fill time with anything. I’m not advocating the need to throw out the television or be quite so dramatic. For me it’s more a need to reflect and have a willingness to be really honest with myself.
- What actually do I think I can’t live without?
- What behaviours as a Christian just make a mockery of me saying that I am a Christian?
- Why am I wiling to settle for such a low standard when Jesus had called me to live the full life He has won for me?
It can be tough being a follower of Jesus. It can involve choosing to not do stuff that others consider normal. And here’s why…because the life God has for any of us is far superior to any temporary pleasure we can enjoy in the moment.
Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matt 6:33)
Trust in the Lord, and do not lean on your own understanding (Prov 3:1)
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10)
If you are a Christian I would love to know what you think about this.