Falling From Grace?
I am compelled to write this as response from a Facebook post regarding children of Christian families who were raised strictly by their parents without explaining them why to follow such rules. Making them vulnerable especially when they go to college, not only forsaking their faith but also despising it. And what makes a believer backslide.
I am not here to chastise but to remind you that God called you to be set apart from this world. I have done my fair share of rebelling against God, though at that time I never saw it as an act of rebellion I saw it as self-exploration, of fulfilling my own happiness regardless of the consequences, it was uncannily flawless that I wasn’t even aware of it. I only became conscious of it through a single painful event-the continual breakdown of my marriage leading to divorced.
We as individual Christians and the church leadership are to blame. In an effort to reach out to more, we compromise one of the very basic foundation of Christianity-repentance. We are more concerned about how an individual feels rather than declaring the whole truth, we feed half-truths. How many times I’ve seen church signs, “Come as you are.” Externally, it looks good but would the new believer make an effort to repent and forsake sinning. You don’t become a Christian merely saying “Jesus, I am a sinner, forgive me for all my sins.” Those words doesn’t magically turn you into a follower of Christ. You become one by continual repentance,obeying His words and submitting to His authority-that is the mark of a true Christian.
Do we go to church just to make us feel good? Do we listen to praise and worship songs to soothe our feelings? Do we read the Bible or Christian literature just for motivation? Emotionalism is temporal, feelings could be deceiving and leads to spiritual blindness. If that is the case we are no different from what the world offers, the only distinction is we put the word “God, Jesus or Holy Spirit” in it.
You say it is hard to do, it is close to impossible; I wholeheartedly agree but it is very doable, if the sole reason is-Love. What do I mean by that? Remember all the things you’ve done (and you’re doing right now) just to get that apple of your eye say yes to you? I bet they are things you did that are close to impossible, even asking yourself “How was I able to do that?” Simple, you did it because you love him/her. The unpleasantry never bothered you. No matter how long you have to wait, no matter what kind of things she/he puts you through. You love her/him with all your mind, body and soul.
Not, “I’m doing this God so that you bless me financially,” or “God, I didn’t give in to sin today(though it is expected of us), I did you a huge favor so you better bless me now,” or “I (fill in the blanks whatever you do at your local church) so you better bless me more than that guy right there who only comes once a week to church.” Just do it for the sole reason that you love God, no expectations, not solely for the rewards or your name being written in heaven but unadulterated love of God.
I know that some of you are putting a lot of effort but for some reason(whatever the reason that is between you and God) you always give in to the flesh. You want to do what God is telling you but most of the time you come short of His glory. I have been there, at the end of the day you have to make a decision. I’d like to share this verse with you, that for some reason at the darkest time of my life when I opened my Bible it landed on this passage.
“You will seek Me and find Me when you search for me with all your heart (Jeremiah
Ponder on that and think about the last four words, “With all your heart.”
There is nothing more heartbreaking than hurting your relationship with Christ, you might not feel it now, but the consequences are beyond our physical realm, it is eternal. Do not wait for a catalyst from God when He does, either you will despise Him or accept it with meekness and humility leading to repentance.
When He convicts you
Through His words
And by the Holy Spirit…
“I have refined you but not in the way silver is refined. Rather I have refined you in the furnace of suffering (Isaiah 48:10).”