Have we become casual in our commitment to Christ?
Are we apathetic in our witness for Christ?
Indifferent to spending time alone with God in prayer and study of His Word?
Hit or miss in our giving?
Complacent in living our faith?
Have we allowed the devil to lure us away from the very people and the very things that used to hold our feet to the fire for God?”
We tend to ignore warning signs; those little whispers from God that suggest we are stepping away from what He wants. We love asking God for things. We pray and beg and follow up our requests with the phrase, “If it’s your will, Lord, Amen.” Then, if things don’t work out we are devastated.
Let’s face it, when we walk into our church buildings week in and week out, we are walking into a melting pot of broken, abused, suffering, prideful, selfish people… people like you and me. We are all broken and in need of the love and forgiveness of Christ.
It’s likely that perhaps we’re still struggling between being a casual Christian and getting serious about our faith.
It’s not news that most of our churches reflect this growing sense of casualness. As a child, I remember the solemn nature entering the church. We would quietly pray immediately after taking our seats. Today, people immediately turn to their neighbors to catch up on what happened during the week once they enter the church. Sometimes, people enter sanctuaries sipping on a cup of coffee, soda or bottled juice. And am not saying this is bad, but it’s the beginning of our casual nature.
A number of our churches are encouraging a “come as you are” mindset which is perfectly good noting the very nature of today’s society.
By affirming this more informal attitude, we support authenticity in the church and throughout every area of church life.
But this does not mean we take our faith, and church any less serious. This doesn’t mean we respect God any less.
HOW CAN WE KNOW WE ARE MAKING GOD SECOND FIDDLE?
If our excitement reflects itself in the latest sporting events, but we aren’t much excited about the things of God,
If our entertainment takes priority over worship or service to others,
If we are serious about making money, but not about God’s concern for its use,
WHAT IS THE CURE FOR US?
There is an easy cure for casual Christians. We need to begin by taking the word of God seriously and putting it into practice. The Word says in Matthew 6:33,
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” The Bible also says in Matthew 22:37, “…Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.”
When we begin to do even these simple things, along with some serious prayer and heart-rending repentance, we will begin to notice that our casual Christianity is starting to disappear.