(Post by: Lilly Hobbs)
For some reason, the Lord has put some people in my life that I’ve just recently noticed have something in common and are satisfied with the very same thing…
A little bit of Jesus.
That sounds like a good thing, doesn’t it? Well, that’s a yes and no question. I want to share with you what the Lord has taught me by being around those kinds of people in my life.
The first thing is that they trick themselves into thinking that Jesus doesn’t really “need” their all, when in reality, they just don’t want Him to be involved in their all. This is because they know if He was, they’d have to let go of some worldly stuff, which they are unwilling to do.
Call me radical, but I truly believe that Jesus deserves so much more than our all. But our all is all that we have to offer Him, and we think that an inconvenience on our part.
But I love what James 4:7 has to tell us. The very beginning of verse 7 says, “So give yourselves completely to God…’’
You see, there’s no way you can be a follower of Jesus and just have a little bit of Him. People think, “Well, if I fit Him into my schedule for an hour or so on Sunday and maybe a Wednesday here and there, I’m good. I got my Jesus time in, and I’m doing way better than my neighbor down the street.’’
The funny thing is that the “neighbor down the street” isn’t even saved most of the time, and yet they want to compare their faith to that neighbor’s sinful lifestyle.
Of course you’re doing way better than the guy down the street! As Christians are we really called to compare our goodness against his?
No! God wants us to be imitators of Him and His character.
So, let me ask you a question… How are you doing compared to God and what He has called you to be? Are you sharing the Gospel on a daily basis? Is there someone in your life who you are discipling? Do you spend time with your creator so that you can come to actually know who He is?
James 4:8 says, “Come near to God, and God will come near to you. You sinners, clean sin out of your lives. You who are trying to follow God and the world at the same time, make your thinking pure.”
We can’t have Jesus on our terms. We have to take Him on His terms. You and I can’t follow the world AND follow Jesus wholeheartedly at the same time. It doesn’t work that way.
Listen y’all, I want to be more than the guy down the street. Not because I want to be some great and admired Christian, but because I want to be more like Jesus.
I want Jesus to make me more like Him every single day I have on this earth. However, that only happens when I look at how pure and holy He is, and I then try to imitate that. I don’t want more “Church”. I don’t want more routines and rituals that make me feel more spiritual.
Francis Chan once said, “We need to be more concerned about who we are before God than our reputation before people.”
I want more of Jesus so that He can make me more than the world.
Jesus, would you make us more today? We want to be the vessels through whom you do the impossible. I pray that we would take a stand against the world and the evil in it, and that we would be the light of the world. Let us not settle for just a “little bit’’ of you in our lives. I pray that our entire lives would revolve around who you are and what you’ve done for us. Amen.
Give yourself completely to the God who loves you enough to make you more like Himself today. Take Him on His terms. You won’t regret it.
SO WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSE?
= What stuck out to you the most in this post?
= Do you settle for “a little bit” of Jesus in your life?
= What are you going to do differently?