Have you ever wondered why your faith doesn’t mean more to you than it does? Why so many professing believers appear to be no different than anyone else? Why a small group of elite Christians appear to really be “on fire” for Jesus? I mean, if God is so great, why aren’t of His own people more passionate and excited about Him?
I know a lot of people who think of themselves as “Christian”. So do you. But other than a few moral standards and the fact that they occasionally attend a church, there’s not a huge contrast between them and their non-christian counterparts. Deep down inside, their hearts are just as empty, their families just as dysfunctional, their lives equally without direction and meaning.
So why are these so-called “followers of Jesus so mediocre? Why so bland? So uninteresting? So B-O-R-I-N-G?
Though the list below isn’t exhaustive, here’s ten reasons for you to chew on:
1. While most Christians struggle with the challenges of life, many live defeated lives, never achieving the “more than conquerers” victory that’s supposed to be the normal experience of those who have been redeemed.
2. Many professing Christians simply stop growing, the process of sanctification (becoming like Jesus) is often short-circuited by sin, Satan or self. They end up as spiritual children living in adult bodies.
3. Many have never taken the time to really understand salvation – what took place at the cross, contemplating their dark, sinful condition and future outside of Christ, and bathing in the infinitely deep ocean of God’s grace and love. Understanding how and why God saved you is fuel for a very happy life.
4. They don’t know how great their Lord is. I mean, how could they? They rarely, if ever, crack open the Book God wrote to reveal Himself to them. Ignorance of the mind-blowing truths in Scripture concerning who God is and how amazing His attributes are is a guaranteed one-way ticket to Bland Land. True theology is never, ever boring, but rather it infuses our hearts with awe and wonder, producing pure, explosive heart-worship.
5. We like comfort. Living for Jesus is hard, and most don’t have the lungs for the long, uphill race. So we rest comfortably by the snack table, occasionally admiring those who jog by on their way to maturity.
6. We refuse to exercise faith in the daily challenges of life, and almost never branch out and trust God for something truly supernatural, especially if it might cost us a bundle. We run from sacrifice and suffering. Fear rules our decisions. Not faith. Safety and security becomes our style, influencing everything from friends to finances. And that makes GOD yawn…and grieve.
7. We love the idea that God is Love, but fail to grow past that one, sentimental attribute. Godly discernment, on the other hand, may lead us to actions that others may interpret as unloving. So we continue enabling people in their immaturity and sin – and do it all in the name of love. But in reality, hidden behind this “love” is simply a weak and impotent heart. Boring.
8. We ignore the direct application of God’s Infinitely-Wise Word where it really matters – on the job, at home, in our marriage and in our parenting. And we wonder why we’re so screwed up. We trust in ourselves because having faith seems to complicated and intangible. We settle for “what works” – expediency, pragmatism and peace. And when we do look for advice and counsel, it’s usually from sone just as messed up as we are. Logical?
9. The average Christian only checks into church 2x a month, way too little for it to ever have any real, life-changing impact on their lives. Truth is, there is always a “good reason” to prioritize something else over gathering with your spiritual family – sleep, work, friends, fun, movies, sports on TV, etc.
10. We want God to entertain us. Could we really be honest enough to admit that? We prefer that He act like we want Him to and at the time of our choosing. And when He consistently fails to deliver, we become bored with His “ways”.
But what if…WHAT IF…you resolved to reverse the above trends in the only life that really matters – YOURS?
A boring christian doesn’t necessarily mean that his/her God is boring. But it sure does scream that to the world.
From where I sit, there appears to be 2 options available:
A. Change your God.
B. Change your understanding of Him and your devotion to Jesus.
So, what’s your plan to change your Christian boredom factor?