July 24, 2021
July 24, 2021
Years ago, the contemporary Christian group, Degarmo and Key wrote a song called “Casual Christian”. Even though this song is super old the message is far from out of date—-in fact, it’s timeless.
I don’t want to live my life in chains of sin;
I don’t want to be, I don’t want to be a casual Christian
I don’t want live, I don’t want to live a lukewarm life
Because I want to light up the night with an everlasting life
I don’t want to live a casual Christian life
Because the truth is that the Great Commission is the same in 2021 as it was the day after the resurrection: We are called to be different. We are called to live for Jesus and show the world what it means to be a Christian.
We are called to be a light in a dark place, not just blend in with the darkness hoping the world will like us and want to be with us.
Holiness is still relevant.
The truth is that we have the hope—-we hold the directions to the road to freedom.
Yet how can we help people find freedom if we are still bond in our chains of sin and compromise?
The truth is that if we want to truly live our purpose and calling then we can’t be in a slow decline into compromise.
Instead, we need to have the testimony of my friend who recently shared, “When I look back on years gone by, I’m almost embarrassed by what I was tolerating in my life. Then I made a choice to make changes, and today my walk with Jesus and my life is stronger and healthier than ever.”
This is what every one of us should be striving toward.
Anything else is simply unacceptable.
Every day we need to ask ourselves, “Have I fallen into the trap of casual Christianity?”
More importantly, will we determine today that we don’t want to live our lives there, but instead, be men who avoid compromise live every day lighting the dark for Jesus.
Memory Verse: See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces[a] of this world rather than on Christ. (Colossians 2:8, NIV)
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