Stop Learning and Start Living
Do you know what your neighborhood needs? They need you to love them in the same way that you love yourself.
Do you know what your family needs? They need you to love them sacrificially like Jesus loves you.
Do you know what the body of Christ (the Church) needs? It needs you to live like you actually believe the words of Jesus.
Words. So many words.
We’re swimming in, drowning in, suffocated by, crushed under, and consumed with, words. In the time that it has taken you to read that sentence, millions of texts have been sent in the United States. We send over 4 million texts a minute, 300,000 Tweets in that same minute, and we press the “like” button on Facebook 6 billion times per day. Proof that I didn’t just make all of that up.
Do you want to know what the healthiest lunch option at the restaurant you’re at is? Just use your dining app and, poof, you get words from someone who has eaten there before, and then you know! But, wait, because here comes the tricky part.
What do we do with all of those words?
Let’s say that you did look up the healthiest option on the menu, did you order it?
Today, in our world overflowing with words, it’s widely accepted to know the right answer, but then to do the opposite. It’s just a thing.It’s widely accepted to know the right answer, but then to do the opposite. Click To Tweet
“I know I should be cutting out sugar, but I just love caramel frappuccinos!”
“If I die, at least I’ll die happy!”
“And I know, I’m not supposed to say this, BUT….”
“I heard that Comcast supports pornography, but I want the fastest internet. What am I supposed to do, become a caveman?” End Sexual Exploitation has a list of companies that support pornography on their website.
“I know I’m supposed to honor the authorities, but Trump is so stupid it makes me want to punch something!”
“Yeah, that movie has a few parts, you know, where they have sex, but nothing too graphic, and I love the part at the end where they get back together! It’s my favorite movie, ever!”
Should I go on?
Contrast that with what Paul, a true servant of Christ, said:
“Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 11:1'Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.' 1 Corinthians 11:1 Click To Tweet
“What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:9
Can I say that? Can I invite you over to my apartment and have you follow me around and say confidently, “What you see in me, practice these things,”?
Man, I hope so.
I’m not perfect. Oh, no, I am so far far far far from it, but dear reader, I set my heart on Christ, I carve out time throughout the day to meditate upon him, and I plead to be more like him in prayer. I make choices not to do things that Christ wouldn’t be pleased with and I do things I know that he’d be proud of me for doing.
I’m not alone in saying this. Men and women of God have lived out their faith with fear and trembling over the centuries. Men and women of God have lived out their faith with fear and trembling over the centuries. Click To Tweet
There was a bearded bishop who lived in England in the early 1800’s who wrote a book called Holiness. His name was R.C. Ryle and in it, he says this:
we surely ought to remember, does not consist merely of inward sensations and impressions. It is much more… it is something of the ‘image of Christ’, which can be seen and observed by others in our private life and habits and character and doings (Romans 8:29).”'True holiness... can be seen and observed by others....' -R.C. Ryle Click To Tweet
Is that you? Is that me?
Don’t be a 21st century Christian whose head is full of all the right answers, but whose life is far from living even a single command from God. We were made for greater things than that hypocrisy. We were made to look like Christ.Don’t be a 21st century Christian whose head is full of all the right answers, but whose life is… Click To Tweet
Until next time, lose your life!