I am so discouraged and disheartened by the spiritual state of young believers around me. My brothers and sisters in Christ are so easily led astray by the things of this world and I find it so depressing.
I sit in a coffee shop now, half listening to the conversations that ensue around me. I am focusing on the Word, though, reading Psalm 19. As I read, certain verses pop out to me and become the subject of my pen.
“Teach me, O LORD, the way of your statutes; and I will keep it to the end. Give me understanding, that I will keep your law and observe it with my whole heart. Lead me in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it.” ~ Psalm 119:33-35
David was such a God-fearing man. He was someone who truly pursued God. He loved His Lord deeply and that is revealed through this writing.
I cannot help but long for similar people today. Young men and woman who, like me, are searching after God and longing for His ultimate presence in their lives. But they seem to be absent, or altogether non-existent… I can tell by those conversations my ears are half attending to. There are believers here, but not head-over-heals lovers of God.
Where are people like Timothy of whom Paul wrote, “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” ~ 1 Timothy 4:12
Christianity today means that you go to church and talk about Jesus, but what about heart change? What about fearless following of Christ? What about “Pick up your cross and follow me”? What about “Go forth into all the world and make disciples”? What about “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength”?
Please do not mistake me, I am not being judgmental, just honest.
And honestly… I am heart-shattered about this.
Taking one aspect of this: missions… Let’s just take a moment to really think about this…
We nonchalantly throw around the phrase. You know which one I’m talking about, “Wherever you are is your mission-field.”
But is it really?
Please be honest for just a moment. If you really live on your mission field then you will answer this question with confidence and shamelessness…
Have you ever led anyone to Christ?
I can’t say yes to that. I can’t say I’ve been a tool used by God to lead someone to Christ. And yet that’s part of the great commission, “Make disciples of all nations…”
I have seventeen years of life that my soul has lived, more than half of which I’ve claimed to be a Christ lover, and yet… never once have I ever made a disciple of Jesus. Never once have I taught someone about Him. Never once have I lead someone into full time submission to the Almighty.
Not completely. Not fully. Not heart, soul, mind, strength, and all of me.
What about the others?
I can’t contradict myself in this, I just don’t see it.
Where is the fire that can’t be quenched? Where is the hungering and thirsting after righteousness? Where is the striving to be perfect like Jesus is?
People are so quick to say that God is love. Oh, yes, He is!! My heart rejoices in it, but…
In our eagerness to proclaim God’s goodness, His kindness, His grace, His forgiveness, His love… We neglect His holiness, His perfection, His hatred of sin.
God will not be mocked!
He calls us to live holy, but are we?
Are we fighting against unrighteousness? Are we struggling against the sin that entangles us?
Do we think that just because we are not in the Old Testament, that if we don’t, God will just blindly forgive and not count it against us?
I assure you, that is not true.
Again, God will NOT be mocked.
Yes He forgives, but He also is holy and He will punish sin.
We are so darn flippant with God. We throw His name around as a curse word. We do not speak of Him with reverence.
If God turns a deaf ear to this, maybe its because He’s not listening to us at all. Maybe it’s because He has brought Himself out of it. Separated Himself from the obscenity of it all.
Have you ever wondered why God’s blessing doesn’t seem to be on the church?
Maybe this is why?
I’m just wondering… maybe? It’s a possibility. And if it’s true, we need to rise up and fix this.
We need to fight to be like Jesus! We need to speak out against unrighteousness! We need to strive to bring perfection!
This is not a walk in the park, it’s a battle.
There is an enemy, and right now… He seems to be winning.
In Christ Alone~EleyanaFaith
Oh dear Warrior God!! We need Your leadership so desperately! Make Yourself known through the lives of believers! I pray and beg You upon my knees, my soul lays prostrate before You, bring transformation! Hear Your people! Bring fearless, head-over-heals lovers of righteousness together! Bring them together in spirit and in truth! Open the mouths of prophets, stretch out the hands of healers, bring out the words of those with wisdom and knowledge, grow up the faith-fulls, show the workings of the miraculous, speak through those with various kinds of tongues and the ones who interpret them, show us the battlefield through those who distinguish the spirits! Gather your people as a body, functioning together in love and brotherhood.
Forgive us Lord for our flippancy and apathy! Forgive us for un-action!
Bring us to the battlefield and help us to fight fearlessly and gracefully! Build us in Yourself. Make us strong and courageous! Let us not shy away from the sanctification that sets us apart and names us “Jesus Freaks”. Help us, Lord, to hold that as a worthy title, as a beautiful image, as the highest compliment possible.
May we simply follow the greatest commandment and love You with all we’ve got inside of us… So simple, yet so difficult. Help us, Savior, in this application.
In Your holy, powerful, perfect name I pray… Let it be!