Do you know if we are not careful, we can get so used to our regular day to day Christian routine that we become so relaxed in our ‘spirituality”? The dangerous thing about this is that it becomes easy for us to be oblivious to the devil’s tricks and gimmicks to trip us up and derail our walk with God.
We become so comfortable that Christianity becomes a practice. We go to church, we say Christian things, listen absentmindedly to sermons, read our daily devotionals religiously and we feel Good with ourselves. Meanwhile, we gradually relax our guard, our prayer life slides into decline, we would rather engage in church activities than spend time with God and just listen and enjoy his presence.
When we live like this, it becomes easier for us to sin and we keep tripping and getting up. Obviously this is not the life Jesus died for us to live. I know this because i have been that way. And every time I trip, i would feel so terrible and berate myself. Despite the fact that i know that God loves me and is always willing to forgive, it’s still a painful experience to hurt him in anyway.
Know this today; you can never be “too spiritual”. God requires our ultimate attention and he warns us to watch and pray.
Luke 21:34 – 36 (MSG)
“But be on your guard. Don’t let the sharp edge of your expectation get dulled by parties and drinking and shopping. Otherwise, that Day is going to take you by complete surprise, spring on you suddenly like a trap, for it’s going to come on everyone, everywhere, at once. So, whatever you do, don’t go to sleep at the switch. Pray constantly that you will have the strength and wits to make it through everything that’s coming and end up on your feet before the Son of Man.”
As Christians, we don’t have a “spiritual life” and a “physical or normal life”. Everything about the life we live is spiritual. So let’s be on guard. No more business as usual.
Honestly, this past week was full of lessons for me. Several things happened that showed me that it’s extremely dangerous to be complacent. I can’t afford to rely on my own “spirituality” or ability or strength. There are potholes and bumps at every corner and without the Holy Spirit, I can’t live this life. I just can’t.
Matthew 26:41 (MSG)
Stay alert; be in prayer so you don’t wander into temptation without even knowing you’re in danger. There is a part of you that is eager, ready for anything in God. But there’s another part that’s as lazy as an old dog sleeping by the fire.”