There is an epidemic spreading across the country amongst Christians. Whether it's your local church, nearby private university, or the Bible study group you saw meeting at Starbucks, everyone has felt it.
The need for a cookie cutter faith.
If you've grown up in the church, you know how to be a Christian, strictly from a technical point of view. You know the hymns, the dresscode, and you can recite Psalm 23 at the speed of light. If you've grown up in the church it's not hard to be a lifestyle Christian -- you know, going through the motions and living the life you know you're supposed to live. None of your routine is wrong, but that routine does not mean that you're living a life that continues to push you.
I get it. Once you've got the routine down -- church on Sunday, Bible study on Wednesday, and a volunteer opportunity every now and then -- it's easy to just keep on keeping on. Yet there is danger in the safety of this routine. There is the ability to hide your imperfections. To seek disguise in the actions, without acknowledging your heart's true place.
When you've gotten a routine, sometimes stagnation can creep in.
I realized this the other day, when I was doing "fine." Nothing was really happening in my faith -- it wasn't bad, it wasn't "on fire," and it wasn't...really anything to talk about. That's not because spiritual health isn't worth talking about, but because my routine was so set, I just wasn't paying attention.
A subtle "come-to-Jesus" moment later, and I realized that though my routine was so good, I had gotten sleepy at appreciating what this routine offered me -- I had gotten lazy at working on my faith.
But God is good, and a wake up call later here I am. Adding a new blog section and discussing the hard stuff. The stuff I wish I was perfect at...but I am SO far from that. Yet, thankfully, I am saved by a perfect Savior with a perfect plan.
So let's talk about our imperfections. Let's talk about what a perfect God we serve. Let's appreciate -- let's praise -- the fact that He does not ask us to be perfect. He saves us, and all we can do is send the glory His way.
I'm not here to preach at you. Heaven knows I'm longwinded and you'd quickly question your choice of reading. Instead, let's grow together. Let's learn. Let's ask questions. Let's avoid stagnation and instead charge ahead, working together to serve the Creator who saved you and me.