Growing in a Christian home with great parents who stressed eternity in our hearts, I have tendencies to not understand people who give in to their issues in life. Especially Christians. Those who are in church, who have heard the gospel over and over. I can’t understand why they still embrace their little sins. I am not talking about fornication, lust, anger, homosexuality or any other black and white obvious lifestyle that’s perfectly contrary to the word of God but more so the pity-parties, white lies, cheating in school, talking against someone’s back, fits of rage, little compromises here and there and the like.
Song of Solomon said that little foxes ruin the vineyard giving a warning that it’s the little issues of the heart unattended that brings an end to one’s spirit. One 5-minute glimpse of a pornographic site leads to 20 minutes few weeks down the road… to watching some more… to masturbation… to adultery and worst to a lustful chained relationship that’s addicting and difficult to get out. Once we’re trap it’s so easy for the devil to come and steal, kill and destroy.
This is the reason why it is important to deal a simple prick of the conscience right away. It is wise to respond and be reconciled before God once our greatest ally (the conscience) tells us there is something wrong. This is how I live myself before God. Thus even if sometimes it’s humbling and humiliating, I take the lower road and get right with God and men because at the end of every surrender to God is victory. The more I grow, learn my lessons and become stronger in the Lord.
But many just wouldn’t do that. The pain, the “saving-face” and comfort of what sin brings weigh more than asking God’s forgiveness. And this is what I don’t understand. WHY??? 🙂 Why will people choose to embrace the very things that may lead them to eternity in hell than choosing freedom and growth in Jesus? Why are they able to give every part of their lives but not that specific sin? Maybe because sin comforts the deceived heart? Maybe also because change brings back pain of the past. Maybe there are other more reasons I don’t know. Nonetheless, I am finding out that the bottom of every calloused heart is the lack of the fear of God.
When we don’t fear God, we lose sight of His standards;
When we lose sight of His standards, we compare ourselves with men;
When we compare ourselves with men, we see that we’re not actually bad compared to others;
We then build our own standards in life… (I’m fine, I just don’t go to church because… I’m ok because I am not like…)
We become gods of our lives!
Proverbs said that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. Indeed, when we don’t have fear of the Lord, we do what we think is right. We make ourselves a graven image of God. I am not talking about an idol made of hands that can’t see, hear because it’s lifeless but a mindset of God that pampers our way of life which is compromising in nature. Like thinking that “God is love so He will overlook my faults in the end and still welcome me to heaven”. This is not what the Bible said. But without fear of God we don’t have the norm of His holiness to base our lives thus we keep choosing to live our lives the way we want it. Without realising it, we’re already a god deciding what is right and wrong for us in our own little worlds.
And this is the very nature of Satan!
And you said in your heart, I will ascend to heaven; I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will sit upon the mount of assembly in the uttermost north. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High. – Isaiah 14:13-14 (AMP)
…it is such an I, Me, Myself kind of living without submission to the One and only God. It is the ways of a god.
As a parent this opened my eyes how important it is to teach my kids to fear God. Not fear that they feel choked in life thinking that there’s a strict God watching in heaven taking notes of all their sins so He can judge them. But to have fear of His holiness. That yes He is a loving and merciful God but He is also just and will judge everyone accordingly because He is good. And He is love. He doesn’t play favourites. He is fair. This is what my parents did so no matter where I go and no matter what pressures I had been through, I always choose to repent to every sin I did. Every compromises in the past, there was always that conscience not letting me be sane until I repent. I was always confronted with eternity.
Kudos to you Mama and Papa for giving me the best gift in life — Jesus!
So I don’t understand… But I am not judging as well. I know that not everyone had the same growing environment as I had. Many did not have the same training and exposure to the truth like I did because no one paved a way for them in the days of their forefathers. I am blessed and I am very grateful. And I also pray that blind eyes will be opened and every compromised hearts will turn to Jesus willing to go through the Refiner’s fire. That all may have life… life abundantly! For it is His will, it is His gift to willing hearts…