This walk that I have with the Lord was never intended to be a popularity contest, and I’ve found that more people try to find the loopholes to living just as close to the world as they can and still be saved. It’s as if the world is still pulling them away from their full commitment in Christ.
It isn’t pleasant to straddle the fence. Either you are all out of this lifestyle, or you’re all in to being committed to God. In Revelation 3:16, the Lord responds to the church’s lukewarmness:
14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; 15I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. 17Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: 18I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and [that] the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
That’s strong words, but I don’t even want to imagine what that would be like, to be completely rejected by the Lord.
It’s the same Lord who robed himself in flesh in the body of Jesus Christ, to endure rejection, and unimaginable pain and suffering on the cross, only to have to bear all of our sins in his flesh, even though he knew no sin.
There was no other way. No other sacrificial lamb to cover the sins of the whole world; yet, he loved us enough to do this.
But that was over 2000 years ago, you might be thinking. Times have changed, and people have changed. Then, I would ask you to consider this, has God changed?
In Hebrews 13:8, it says, “Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and forever.”
Unfortunately people try to find the loopholes. Why should I take the bible literally? What I am asking myself, is why would I reject eternal life for a few worldly pleasures that could be taken from me in an instant? We are not guaranteed our next breath, let alone, plentiful time to live in sin, and then get it right when we are ready.
I will not bow down to what this world has to offer; my soul is precious to Jesus Christ, and nothing can compare to being able to trust in God. So, let the world continue to be pulled in all directions as they struggle to make up their minds whether to live holy and receive God’s promise, or live for him half-committed: I choose to live for the Lord, and do his will for my life. There’s too much to lose, so why would I risk it?
This joy that I have the world didn’t give it and the world can’t take it away.
John 14:27: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”