When I was in my 20s, I went through a compromising phase. This is what I mean by that. I said I was a Christian but the life I lived looked nothing like Christ. You can call it compromise. You can also call it hypocrisy.
How do you know whether or not you are in a position where you are compromising your faith?
I believe that there are 3 Questions You Should Be Asking Yourself to figure this out.
- What do I believe in? When you read the Bible, does it come alive to you or do you treat the Bible like any other book? The Bible is and should be more than reading a Batman comic or The Hunger Games. The Bible reveals who God is, the person and work of Jesus, the person and work of the Holy Spirit. We are the church and we need to know and understand what the Bible says about us in light of the Cross and Resurrection of Christ. If you doubt, pray that God would help your unbelief by the Holy Spirit illuminating Scripture to you.
- Does my life reflect what the Bible says? James tells us that we are to be doers of the Word and not just hearers only. Paul writes in Colossians, “as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him.” What you truly believe to be true about God, determines how you will live. Your theology determines your reality. Our focus should be on Christ and not on ourselves. We cannot walk in holiness if we are not walking in obedience. You can not inspire people to live out God’s Word if you are not living it out. That means that you cannot make disciples if you are not already a disciple yourself. To call yourself a Christian, your life should look like you are a student or follower of Christ.
- What am I most passionate about? What you love the most is what you will talk about the most. I am no different than you. I enjoy talking about my wife, my boys, food, books, and movies. However, all of those things pale in comparison to Jesus. If I call myself a Christian, I should be passionate about Jesus. I should want to spend time with Him, I should want to read the Bible, I should want to talk about Him more than I talk about anything else. I should be disciplined in my faith. What is in your heart determines the words that come out of your mouth. We have no excuses to not share the gospel. When you share your story, share the gospel and share what Jesus means to you and what He is currently doing in your life.
We should do an internal evaluation often. We need to make sure that we are not lazy or complacent. Laziness and complacency leads to becoming stagnant. We do not need a stagnant life. Being stagnant leads to death. A stagnant life has no business defining the life of a Christian. May you live a life that is fuller and more abundant in Christ than you ever thought possible!
When is the last time you did an internal evaluation? What did you discover?
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