Windows 95, 98, XP, Vista, Windows 7, now Windows 8…it seems like Microsoft is always releasing a new upgrade to their operating system. New features, new gadgets, and much better ease of use is part of each and every upgrade. They are constantly trying to grow the technology and make it bigger, better, and more convenient. Upgrading your pc has become a way of life to all of us as we strive to make our technology up to date and to grow with the times.
Microsoft isn’t the only one in the upgrade business. Apple is constantly releasing new versions of its big kahuna product, the IPhone. The IPhone5 was barely on the market when we hear news of an IPhone6. Ipads are on their sixth generation of product according to Wikipedia. America is obsessed with upgrading. We want to be on the cutting edge and experience the latest and greatest and all that computers have to offer.
The question I have is this: Are we as into upgrading our spiritual lives as we are in upgrading our electronics? Do we want to go deeper and further with God and experience all the miracles and life-changes He offers? Are we willing to pay the high cost and sacrifices it takes to go deeper in our walk with God?
Many people are like the people who are still using an old operating system like windows XP. It does what they want it to do, it is comfortable, it is good enough for them. Why pay a higher price for something when what you have is good enough?
They don’t need to try something new or experience the benefits and excitement a new operating system offers them. They are comfortable and content with things just the way they are. They don’t want to go through the struggle of learning new ways of doing things. They don’t want to see the faults and deficiencies their current system offers. They will overlook the bugs and quirks because it is comfortable, cheap and easy.
I know I have taken this attitude with my cell phone. Instead of upgrading and getting a new IPhone, I use an old-fashioned flip phone, or as my Junior Bible Quiz kids called it, an old school relic of a phone. It works, it lets me make calls, it is all I need. Sure, I know that an IPhone would let me get email, do Facebook, and a host of other things I can’t do on my phone. But I am not willing to pay the price of this expensive, advanced phone when what I have is good enough.
Our churches are full of men with the same attitude when it comes to their walk with God. They are content to settle for the basics of Christianity. Fire insurance and the ooey-gooeys they experience once a week in worship are all they want or think they need. They have no desire to spend time reading the Word. They don’t see the need to spend time developing a strong prayer life and developing an intimate relationship with God. What they have is good enough, it gets the job done, and they are comfortable.
So what if it isn’t all they could have, it is good enough. They have no idea what they could have if they would just let God do an upgrade on them, and sadly, they don’t care. This attitude breaks my heart, yet it is rampant in the American church.
It is time for God’s men to stop settling for good enough. It is time we stop refusing to pay the price it takes to upgrade our spiritual lives. We have to want a spiritual upgrade. We need to desire to follow God with all the passion we have inside. We have to be willing to pay the price.
People who want the latest upgrades will do whatever it takes to get it. When the latest version of the IPhone was released, people camped outside of Apple stores to be the first to get the newest technology. It didn’t matter if it was cold. It didn’t matter it was late. They didn’t care what they had to pay to get the thing they desired…they were willing to pay the cost.
This is the way we need to feel about pursuing the things of God and developing a deeper relationship with Him. We should want it more than we want anything, and we should be willing to sacrifice whatever is necessary to get it.
In Matthew 13, Jesus tells a story of such a man.
44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.
This man found something he wanted more than anything in the world, and he gave up everything he had to give up so he could get it. He was passionate about obtaining it. Jesus is saying we need to have the same passion to obtain as much of His kingdom as we can. We should long to upgrade our spiritual walk and enjoy all the kingdom of God offers us. We need to make this our heart’s desire.
God’s kingdom does not need any more men who are content to stay the way they are. He doesn’t need more guys who won’t pay the price to upgrade. He needs men who are passionate to grow in their spiritual walk, men who will whatever they need to do and pay whatever price they are willing to pay so they can grow and change and flourish as godly men. The question we all need to be asking ourselves is this…"Are we ready for a spiritual upgrade?"
Do we want to grow and experience deeper levels of healing and growth? Will we go through the pain and heartbreak of facing our issues and sins so we can become all that God wants us to be? Will we sacrifice our time and our desires to spend time with God, learning His ways and changing our behavior? Or are we content to just squeeze into Heaven, making no difference for God’s kingdom here on earth? These are choices we all need to make for ourselves, but I know I am choosing to upgrade and become all God wants me to be. What will you decide?