Make Up Your Mind
I consider myself as having a type “A” personality. There are several characteristics that come with this kind of personality but organization is major. Though I am up for the occasional spontaneous activity, I really like to plan ahead. Also, as long as it’s not life-changing, it typically doesn’t take me long to make a decision. Honestly, it sometimes drives me up the wall waiting for a simple decision to be made. I’m like, make up your mind already! Either you want to or you don’t? You’re in or you’re out?
Why make it complicated?
Now, I’m not knocking you if you tend to overthink things, just stating a difference in personalities. However, I’d like to think that everyone, at some point and time, has grown restless waiting for someone else to make up their mind. Whether it’s in the fast-food drive-through, in a department store, or watching a play in a sporting event; there comes a time when a decision needs to be made quickly.
Just think about it from a relational standpoint.
There is a person you are fond of and you talk to each other every day throughout the day. They often express how they feel about you yet you never go out on dates nor meet their family and friends. How long do you think you will continue to believe the things they tell you when their actions do not line up? You may be expecting a serious relationship to develop yet the other person seems to be on the fence. Eventually, you will come to a place where you tell them to make up their mind on whether or not they want to be in a relationship. No one wants to be strung along without a commitment.
So why do we do this so easily with God?
We post all day long on social media talking about how we love God, yet we are in an adulterous relationship. Every chance we get we’re telling others how to get their life together while we are neglecting our own family. It’s cute to post about attending church service on Sunday, #churchflow, but not living out anything that was taught in service.
I understand this may not be received well by some people, and that’s ok. Consider that uncomfortable feeling as God’s conviction. A part of growing in our faith is actually walking it out. We can’t encourage others that the truth will set them free when all we do is lie. You can’t make any type of impact in the kingdom of God pretending to be a disciple of Christ.
Even God says in Luke 6:46
“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’
and do not do what I say?
It’s pointless to proclaim to follow Christ when you are making a conscious decision to go against His will. You may feel as if you are fooling people but God knows you are a hypocrite. For His Word says, “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” God doesn’t want us to pretend to love Him in public yet disobey Him in private. Actually, when you choose to be on the fence about living for Him, he would rather you leave His name out of your mouth.
He wants you to make up your mind.
You have two choices. One is to live for yourself and do what you want to do. That means don’t involve God in your mess. Just be you and be great and unashamed at it. Now don’t worry about His love for you because nothing you do will ever take that away. God will always love you!
The second choice is to be sold out for Christ. This doesn’t mean being perfect, because that is impossible. It simply means to let what you speak be what you live. Your goal is to align your thoughts, words, and actions to be pleasing in God’s sight. You can’t do one without doing all three.
So enough of being a lukewarm Christian.
If you don’t want to truth about how you live to come out in public, that is a key indicator that you are living a lukewarm life. Make a decision today who you are going to live for: yourself or God. That is a part of growing up in the faith. So I encourage you to get on fire for the Lord and turn away from any ways you have that may be wicked. It’s time to get lit!
In Relentless Pursuit,
“I know you inside and out, and find little to my liking. You’re not cold, you’re not hot—far better to be either cold or hot! You’re stale. You’re stagnant. You make me want to vomit.” – Revelation 3:15-16 MSG