“Compromising Christians are compromised Christians”.
This was one of the statements made in a very good sermon that stood out to me. It was deep and profound. It makes sense and yet how many of us recognize that when we choose compromise over obedience and love, we impact the kingdom of God? We are not useful to the kingdom when we live lives of compromise. It is an oxymoron to put compromise and Christian together! Sadly, too many Christians want, even expect, the blessings of God, while living contrary to God. We want to live in sin and have God bless us. God cannot and will not lie against himself.
What are some main areas that we compromise? I am sure there are many but these are a few that came to my mind.
I want to be true to Him. I want my life to count for the kingdom.
1 Thessalonians 5:17, ” pray without ceasing…”
Colossians 4:2, “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.”
Luke 18:1, “And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.”
Prayer is not an option. It is like breathing. There is no life in us without breath. There is no life in us without prayer. Too many are trying to live life without praying and staying connected to God. Too many are wondering why they don’t have strength or why things aren’t working out and the answer is a breath away. For everything, in everything we need to pray.
In Praise and Thanksgiving
1 Thessalonians 5:16 says “rejoice always”
Psalm 34:1 “I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth”
No matter what is happening, there is always a reason to lift our praise and thanksgiving to God. Too many of us get sucked in to negativity and grumbling. The world only sees us complaining and they hang on to our ingratitude and bad attitudes. What comes out of our mouths doesn’t point them to God. We can’t let that happen.
John 15:14, “You are my friends if you do what I command.”
John 14:15, “If you love me, keep my commands.”
1 Samuel 15:22 “But Samuel replied, “What is more pleasing to the Lord: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.”
Obedience to God’s commands is the true sign of your love for God, and the only way you can know if you are obeying God is by knowing his Word. When we know His Word and only live bits and pieces, choosing to live only what feels good, or is comfortable or is popular, we do the Kingdom a disservice and show the world and God the true state of our heart and allegiance. We only fool ourselves.
Mark 12:30-31, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”
We as Christians don’t always love well. There are so many other things that take up our time and energy. We love our jobs, social media and technology, our social lives, pleasures, and the list goes on, more than we love God. These things take priority over him. We barely spend time with him, and the time we do is rushed. And although selfcare is important, it has also become an excuse and distraction for loving our neighbour. We do not treat people the way we wish to be treated. Loving God and others take work. It is intentional. Actions do speak louder than words. Our words and actions must be in unity with each other.
God will always be true to himself. I want to be true to Him. I want my life to count for the kingdom. I want the blessings to flow. How about you? There is no compromise in Christian. Let’s continue to move closer to God through obedience and love and make a difference in our world together.