Guest Author: Feba Varghese
It all began with a sense of discontentment and a desire for more in this life. I thought,
“Is this all there is to the Christian life?”
The weekly routines of going to church on Sundays, going to Bible studies, serving in various ministries, praying when in need or want… Is this really all there is to the Christian life?
Where is the joy, the passion, the complete confidence in God, the intimate relationship with Christ as exemplified in the lives of David, Paul and many others in the Bible? Could I possibly come to a place where I can say:
all that thrills my soul is J e s u s !
Then, I was reminded of our brothers and sisters in Christ who are in countries where they suffer greatly for the cause of Christ. In the midst of persecution, they are full of joy, zealous for the Gospel, passionate to know Christ and tell of Him to those around them.
They are thriving in persecution
while I am just surviving in a place of so-called freedom.
So it got me thinking, what is keeping me and the American Church from pursuing Christ so passionately and with godly zeal?
Our Heavenly Bridegroom is coming soon. Doesn’t He deserve a Bride who has made herself ready, who is passionate and zealous for Him, who loves Him wholeheartedly and who represents Him to the rest of the world? So, what are the strongholds that keep us from pursing our Savior passionately?
Consider these things with me:
What are we most passionate about it? Where do we spend most of our time, energy and resources?
Is it to know and experience Christ even more?
Is it of eternal value?
Have we become complacent and content with the status-quo-Christian-life? Are we becoming like the Laodicea Church, believing that we are wealthy and self-sufficient when in reality we are poor, blind and naked. Or do we have a sense of holy discontentment, in which we earnestly desire to know and love our Lord even more and have a great desire to see revival among His people?
Do we consider this world our home? Or do we live on this earth as pilgrims knowing that our citizenship is in Heaven?
Are we living for e t e r n i t y ?
Have our lifestyles become influenced by our self-centered culture, in which we choose to proclaim: “I am worth it!” Are the pleasures and distractions of this world consuming us and stealing our time, joy and passion for our Lord? Or do we choose to live a surrendered life that proclaims the worth of Christ, who pursued wretched sinners like us and so willingly laid down His life for us?
Have we become spiritually apathetic, failing to have a real heart to worship and adore our Savior, who bore the wrath of God for our sins? Or are we living in godly zeal for our Savior?
Are we living in unbelief of who God says He is and the promises He has given to us? Or are we living with vibrant faith?
Are we living in defeat, believing the lies the enemy tells us about who we are and who God is? Or are we living in victory through Christ Jesus?
My dear brothers and sisters, our Father in Heaven delights to meet with you! In His love, He chastens us as a father would his child. In His tenderness and lovingkindness, He calls us to repentance. He invites us to come to Him with open arms.
Maybe you are walking through a dry season, feeling defeated in your struggle with sin – I have been there. Or maybe you are on the mountain top and enjoying the Lord – I have been there too. Wherever you may be, remember:
your identity and worth comes from
C h r i s t a l o n e !
Know that there is nothing that separates you from Him, the veil has been torn and you can run confidently to the throne of grace! He longs to be with you! Take His hand and walk with Him!
May we grow to know and love our Lord Jesus with all our heart! May we taste and see His goodness, His love, His mercy, His grace, His kindness and experience Christ much more! May we throw off everything that hinders us and the sin that so easily entangles us! May we run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. May we put on the armor of God and pick up the spiritual weapons He has given us and tear down the strongholds that hinder us!