Living Life God's Way 2/27/2006; Why Don't We Take God More Seriously?
- +Living Life God's Way+
No one keeps up his enthusiasm automatically. Enthusiasm must be
nourished with new actions, new aspirations, new efforts, new visions.
Why Don't We Take God More Seriously?
Then He said to them, "Why do you sleep?
Rise and pray, lest you enter into temptation."
If we're not as wide-awake and earnest in our efforts toward God as
we should be, it's important to ask ourselves why this is so. There are
many possibilities, but the following four reasons explain why most of
us are so complacent. On an ordinary day, we don't take God more
* We don't think we need to. At the doctrinal level, perhaps we
believe that our salvation is assured no matter what we do. As we
see the Scriptures, diligence and devotion to God are non-issues;
human effort is not necessary for spiritual maturity.
* We don't think we have to. We may be bound by the tradition of
"nominal" Christianity. Interested only in bare minimums, we dare
anyone to prove that getting to heaven requires more than going to
church...once in a while.
* We're fearful and discouraged. Dragged down by past struggles,
we're doubtful that it'll do any good to try again. We've broken so
many commitments to God, we're afraid to make any more. Our
spiritual growth is smothered under a blanket of pessimism.
* We're lazy. Like the lukewarm Laodiceans (Revelation 3:15-18),
we're negligent. What began as occasional outward acts of
procrastination has become a settled attribute of our inward
character. We don't see our apathy as a character trait, of course,
but God does. He knows the dilapidated condition of our heart.
In all honesty, this last point is the crux of the matter for most
of us. There comes a time when we have to ask ourselves what kind of
people we are. We may have to admit that passion for God is just not a
part of our character as it stands today - we've let ourselves get to
the point where we don't really care about great causes. And if that's
so, we're unfit for the human race. Malcolm Forbes put it bluntly:
"People who never get carried away should be."
God is, of course, the greatest of all great causes. And if He is
to get from us the attention He deserves, we must be unflinchingly
honest about where we've been, where we really are, and where we truly
want to go. It will take time and patience, but we can, if we choose,
acquire the character it takes to take God seriously.
WordPoints Daily Devotionals; 1/18/2004
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