Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Got Too Much God?


Dear Friends,

There was a time in my life, back in my younger days, when I had too much God. Honestly. The Deity was really making me very uncomfortable. I was technically a born-again Christian believer but seldom went to church. I was barely getting my feet wet in the shallow end of the spiritual pool, and there was still too much God in my life. My difficulty with God was that in order for me to live the good life my way, I needed a little less of Him in it. I wasn't walking with the Lord and the problem was that He had not walked away from me. That whole “I will never leave you nor forsake you” promise to us? Heb 13:5 God really meant it. And it's uncomfortable when you're trying to live a nice, carefree life of unrepentant sin with God watching over your shoulder. 

We seem to fall into one of three categories of relationship with God. The first category is what I’d call having “too much God.” It may be that He's calling us to a more righteous way of living and we don't like the cost of that call. There are things we say, do and think that we don't want to give up. Let’s face it. Most of the sins we commit are those we enjoy doing. And let’s get real here. If we were honest, most of us would admit that we would much prefer to ignore our neighbor than to love them. And despite what Jesus said, there is just absolutely no way we're going to forgive those people who have done us wrong. And that whole Matthew 25:31-46 thing? Forget it! And then suddenly, without any warning, we're painfully aware of the pesky Holy Spirit convicting us of our sins and calling us out to live like a Christian. See what I mean? Too much God!

Then there are those Christians who honestly believe that they have just enough God. Let's do the math: I spend three hours in church on Sunday if I include the hospitality time. There are 168 hours in a week so my three hours in church is 1.7% of my time. But I'm a good Christian so I pray for about 15 minutes a day which is 105 minutes a week. But sometimes I pray longer if there are a lot of things I need to ask God for so let me round up my weekly prayer time to 2 hours. And then there’s my devotional reading and sometimes I even read my Bible so let me add another two hours to my spiritual balance sheet. So now..3 church hours, 4 hours in prayer and reading and now I'm up to 7 hours a week. Let's see..That's 4% of my time I'm spending with God and that's just about enough. So I'm good. Don't need to be a fanatic about it. Got enough God now, thank you. 

Of all Christian believers, the second category of having “just enough God” is by far the largest. The first category of “too much God” is the second largest group of believers. And then there's that small group of radical Christians...

Those who just can't seem to get enough God. They long for more of Him. They thirst for His presence in their lives. God is never far from their thoughts. Prayer to Him is not a religious ritual but a  conversation that they periodically enter into throughout their day. They find themselves singing hymns and worship songs and are not even aware they are doing it. In response to a situation, a Bible verse will often come to their mind. If you were to call them a zealot for God, they’d blush at such a high compliment. And the term “Bible-thumper” is not a religious slur but something they aspire to!

As we begin the year 2015, which category are you in? Stop for a moment. Think about it...
❑ Too Much God. 
❑ Just Enough God. 
❑ Not Enough God.

Which category does God want you to be in? Do you have a faith that’s alive and powered by the Holy Spirit? Are you enthusiastically walking on a spiritual journey with Jesus or just napping by the side of the road? Too many good church-going Christians have left their passionate love of God behind and simply become dedicated patrons at the museum of religion. Or, are you perhaps at a stage in your life where you just want to be left alone and are annoyed that Jesus persistently stands at the door knocking? Rev 3:20-21.

Wherever you are at on your spiritual journey today, I believe that God wants to say something to you at this very moment...



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