Monday, November 7, 2011

Why Are We So Unfaithful To Jesus?

People wonder why they struggle spiritually. One day they are full of faith and ready to take on the storms of their life but the next day they are cast down into the dark pit of despair. For them their life is like a roller coaster and all they want to do is get off. They just want to find consistent solid ground but they can't bring themselves to trust God at all times. For most of them the problem is pretty simple: there are too many "gods" in their lives; too many "lords".

We don't often think with a spiritual mind, instead reacting to the wants of our flesh. I'll be honest with you so  you can be honest with yourself. I struggle with different things that want lordship over me and most come from a lack of discipline. One of the "lords" that demands attention from me is television. It has had a hold on me since, as a child, I quit hockey so I could watch my Saturday morning cartoons. When I should be praying or studying the Word this "lord" tugs at me and it is only with a conscious effort that I am able to deny it "lordship" over my life. It is only by keeping Jesus as my purpose that I am able to keep all such "lords" at bay.

Television may only seem like a little "lord" compared to things in other people's lives but little or big there should only be one God who has lordship over us. Consider your life for a moment. What "gods" demand your attention? Video games, friends, internet, social media, drugs, cigarettes, music, sex, pornography, movies, books. The list is tireless and we are still only scratching the service. There are many "gods" and "lords" that want/have dominion over us. If you want to know what yours are just keep track of your day and the time you spend on various things. The top ones that you spend most of your time on are your "gods". This is what messes up our faith, our relationship with Jesus and causing inconsistent reactions to things in our day.

For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”), yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live. (1 Corinthians 8:5-6)

The question then is, "Who are we living for?"

So many people who reject the lordship of Jesus think they are free but they aren't. They have simply given lordship to other "gods" in their lives. Some who claim Jesus as Lord have yet to give him lordship, choosing instead to serve other "gods" while believing they are serving Jesus. There is only one Father, one Son and one Spirit and they should be everything to us. Jesus should be the single motivator of everything we do, say and think. He should be the single factor that influences all of our decisions. He should be the one that we spend the most time with, being constantly on our mind. We cannot be a part time Christian. Christianity is not what we do, it is who we are.

If you are finding yourself constantly up and down with your thoughts, emotions and actions consider what has captured your heart. So often for young people it is the love of a person, a boyfriend or girlfriend. For adults it is often their work or something of some entertaining value. It could be retirement plans or money they think they need to get ahead. It is whatever occupies our thoughts, imprisons our hearts and captures our attention. If that is not Jesus then you have a problem with the lordship of other "gods" in your life. But it doesn't have to stay this way. You have the power to make Jesus King of kings and Lord of lords in your life and by this power you can put all other "gods" in their place, bowing to the authority of Jesus.

Do not make the mistake of thinking you have everything under control. If Jesus is not in control then you are out of control. The only real measure of control you have in your life is when you make the decision to bow your knee to Jesus, giving him the lordship of your life, refusing to give it to any other "god". I encourage you to examine your life today and discover what "gods" you are serving.

1 comment:

Debbie said...

Ouch Pastor Paul, ouch.
I really needed to read this....
God bless you sir.