I recently started attending a new bible study, and now every Thursday evening I gather with 3-5 other young women to talk about Jesus.
We started reading Francis Chan’s book called Forgotten God. In short, this book discusses how we have tragically neglected the Holy Spirit in modern day Christianity.
I have to say, this book really got me thinking.
In today’s world, people are so turned off by the words “Holy Spirit”. You get looked at as if you are on some crazy train. I have even witnessed Christians get nervous when another Christian brings up the topic of “the power of the Holy Spirit in their life”.
My frustration is with the Christians of today (and I am fully and completely guilty of this as well). We as Christians are so afraid to speak openly about our relationship with Christ because we are afraid we might offend someone, or that we might not have all the “right” answers to someone’s questions if they ask.
This keeps us from sharing our light with others due to fear.
This has got to be stopped.
My question is this, what would your life look like if you fully and completely lived a Spirit-led life? Seriously, stop right now and ask yourself what would be different if you decided to step out of your comfort zone for Christ?
Many people wouldn’t answer because they don’t even know what that means, and are too afraid to ask – thinking they would look stupid or dumb.
My first encouragement is to humble yourself.
We live in a “comfortable Christian” era. People think that they need to make sure that they look like they know what we are talking about, having all of the right answers, not saying too much but making sure the right things are said. Please excuse me when I say that this is complete rubbish.
Many of us grew up in a Christian home, many of us were raised Christian, and many of us were told what is right from wrong, and pretty much got everything spoon fed to us as we were children.
To be completely frank, I am so exhausted with the way people portray Christianity.
I understand that a person’s perspective is their reality, and that their life experiences color their perception of things, so the benefit of the doubt is given.
Let me explain something, we are to be transparent in the way that we interact with others, especially other Christians. We are to be vulnerable and humble, quick to admit that we are still learning and growing.
“Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.” [1 Peter 3:8, NIV]
We are to live Spirit led lives, acknowledging that our life is not our own, but rather Christ’s.
“Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” [Galatians 5:24-25, NIV]
We are so wrapped up in social media and how cool our worship band is at church, that anytime anyone talks about anything remotely close to theological topics, it rubs people wrong.
This is a huge red flag people, huge.
We were told to pick up our cross and to follow Him if we wanted to be Christians. This doesn’t seem comfortable at all to me, and I am not sure how it seems comfortable to you either. Crosses are heavy, they have splinters that will stab you in the back, they can’t really be carried by themselves, and they are dirty.
Jesus never promised a Christian life that was comfortable, he warned us many times of trials that will come, and that we should expect them.
Trials can be anything from a burden that you are carrying from your past that seems to be weighing down your present, or a lifelong friend that betrays your trust, or perhaps opening up to others about the sins in your life.
We are to be striving to be more like Christ, and if we aren’t then we are just sitting still, and sitting still means moving backwards.
When I say that there is no such thing as comfortable Christianity, I say it with love.
If you are not compelled to move when you hear and see all of the darkness in this world, all of the brokenness overcoming God’s creation, I would say you should probably reflect on where your heart really is. What are your goals in life? To be content with where you live? to have enough money that you don’t need to worry about bills? to give your children a comfortable life? What is your heart fixed on?
Don’t get me wrong, you don’t need to become a missionary who travels the world and saves dying babies in Africa, I am saying that you can be a missionary in your own home, in your own neighborhood, and in your own family.
I encourage you to reflect on the things in modern culture that may be hindering your growth.
There is undeniable strength and peace in the Spirit that Christ has left us, He is our helper, don’t be afraid to seek Him out.