Monday, 30 November 2020
“But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly” – Luke 21:34
There are a lot of things, I mean a lot of things, in this world, in this life, that if we missed out on them, we would actually be better off as Christians, a lot of things! When you listen to brethren who are disgruntled with their former churches, without taking away from the validity of some of their complaints, a lot are bemoaning all the time they spent in the house of God. There’s a lot of blame placed on the Pastors for all the time they spent at church because they could have accomplished many other things and been to many places had they not been “hidden in Christ and dwelling in the secret place among the saints”. Modern Christianity (the one without the Holy Spirit) wants desperately to be kissed by worldliness with impunity, Paul said in 1 Corinthians 6:12 “All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.” This is not big these days, people quote this other very popular Christian phrase “but it’s not wrong, it’s not sin” other than considering Paul.
But all these cares weigh us down, they rob us of fully committing and submerging ourselves into the faith. Without this sacrifice, without this self-denial (which is flesh denial) there’s no fruit, there’s no testimony, no passion, and no results. It’s a Christianity of convenience and double-mindedness. We’ve heard of the idiom ‘jack of all trades and master of none’, it couldn’t be truer in this context for me. Zone in on Christ, zone in on your Christianity, narrow in on seeking GOD and everything else will come together for you, turning the idiom on its head because when GOD does a work in us the goal is perfection. Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”, so basically, focus on GOD and get your life!
Christians with FOMO short change their decision for Christ. Church or their purported Christianity does not engulf the entirety of their lives, so they ultimately miss out on their best life because of FOMO for everything else. Their life does not come down to one thing, they dabble in everything for fear of missing out on anything. What Christians with FOMO don’t realize is that they can get rid of the fear and put on faith and discover a life so fulfilling, the true-life GOD has packaged for us that requires no embellishments. It’s the life of Philippians 3:8 AMPC “Yes, furthermore, I count everything as loss compared to the possession of the priceless privilege (the overwhelming preciousness, the surpassing worth, and supreme advantage) of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord and of progressively becoming more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him [of perceiving and recognizing and understanding Him more fully and clearly]. For His sake I have lost everything and consider it all to be mere rubbish (refuse, dregs), in order that I may win (gain) Christ (the Anointed One)”.
Christians with FOMO short change their decision for Christ, they ultimately miss out on their best life because of FOMO for everything else