Not Today Satan.

Where do I begin?

A lot has been going on, in terms of my spiritual journey.  I’m being challenged.  I’m being forced to face the tension between comfort and growth.  And I’m getting frustrated.

I mentioned a bit ago that I’m visiting another church.  My boyfriend really wants to become a part of this church, and I’m exploring it with him.  It’s a passionate, undignified church, which is a stark contrast to the church I’ve grown up in.

The tension between comfort and radical passion is intense.

I’m growing more and more frustrated with my generation of Christians.  And, if I’m being honest, with Christians as a whole.

How many Christians extend worship past Sunday morning?  And I’m not talking the “standing in a pew politely singing” kind of worship.  I mean pure, all-encompassing , soul-igniting worship to the King of King’s.  How many Christians worship God instead of falling to their phones, in spare moments?

How many Christians truly aim to “become less so that He may become greater”?  How many focus so much attention on Almighty God, in every aspect of their lives, that their very wants and desires become to follow God’s direction and spread His name?

How many Christians actually read their Bibles, pray daily, and take time to sit in God’s presence apart from church and religious events?  How many Christians feel deeply about their faith in their mundane everyday lives?  How many Christians actually desire to do this, as it means being as near to their God as possible?

How many Christians care more about their social media presence, than God’s presence?

How many Christians are more “of the world”, than simply “in the world”?

How many Christians see church as a social event, instead of a spiritual event?

How many Christians are ignorant to the tenants and doctrines of their faith, but are disinterested in learning?  (And this is terrifying, because how can Christians begin to answer questions posed against Christianity?)

How many Christians care more about comfort and dignity, than about growing in their faith?

How many Christians are more content to be comfortable and lukewarm, instead of passionate and uncomfortable?

How many Christians are willing to leave everything to follow God?  And, hey, Western Christians, this concept doesn’t just apply to our brothers and sisters across the seas; it applies to us too.  How many Christians are willing to move to another country, state, church, in order to follow God’s call?

How many Christians are willing to completely transform their lives to follow Christ?  How many are willing to get rid of their social media or any other distraction?  How many are willing to get rid of certain relationships, or perhaps end romantic ones? 

Because here’s the thing; being a Christian isn’t a part-time job.

It’s not a “when you feel like it” kind of thing.  It isn’t a “when it’s convenient” lifestyle.

The moment you offered your heart and mind to Christ, you declared to Him that you were willing to be an outsider in this world.  That you were willing to denounce all earthy things for the pleasures of an eternal life praising God.  That you were willing to recognize how insignificant you were in the shadow of something greater.

Christianity is meant to make people uncomfortable.  It’s meant to cause tension between earthly pleasures and heavenly desires.  It’s meant to shake up this selfish world.  It’s meant to make us flaming arrows shot into a darkened world, from the bow of a merciful, omnipotent God.  Christianity is meant, it’s supposed, to create an eternal perspective instead of an earthly one.  It’s meant to make us small, so that He may be greater.

And at the very root of the Christian faith is the resurrection of Jesus from the grave.  Let me break that down for the people in the back: Jesus Christ was crucified on a cross, and He rose from the dead.  Jesus. Rose. From. The. Dead.  He defeated death, and through God, has provided Christians with eternal life. 

So what this in essence means, is that Christians have the keys to eternal life.  But not sharing this information, is like not telling someone that they’re about to get hit by an eighteen-wheeler.  Not sharing this life-changing information is, plainly, condemning people to die.

 

What would the world look like if Christians stopped caring about comfort, dignity, and fame? 

What would happen if Christians lived passionately for Christ, in every aspect of their lives? 

What would happen if this current, world-wide population of Christians was the last lukewarm generation? 

What would the world like if Christians refused to let anything distract them from their Savior?

What would the world look like if Christians become less, so God could become more?

What would the world look like if Christians, everyday, started powerfully and prayerfully, declaring over their lives, “Not Today Satan”?  What would the world look like if Christians intentionally and purposefully lived as to not give in to the Devil’s temptations, taunts, and distractions?  Can you imagine how on fire the world would be?

What would the world look like if Christians passionately lived to bring the powerful balm of Christ to the sinful fires of this world?

What would the world look like of Christians seized the power of Christ within us, and lived as coheirs with Christ?  What would happen if we walked in the power of Holy God, full of our God- given identity as “chosen”, “beloved”, and “mine”?  What would the world look like if we let this propel us to unyielding love for our neighbors, regardless of who they are?  What would the world look like if this propelled us to unashamed evangelism and outreach?  What would the world look like if this propelled us to let go of the fear of discomfort?

What would happen if Christians lived like Christ was worth it?

What would the world look like if Christians lived like Christians?

This is my platform. 

This is my banner raised high. 

I will proclaim my God’s name to the skies.

And I will not be ashamed or afraid.

For His plan and glory is greater than me.

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