One day I was given a picture of a living room and asked to identify what was wrong with it. After looking at the picture a few seconds, the answer was obvious. I noticed that next to the couch, coffee table, lamp and television there sat a stove.
As obvious as that is, many of us have things in our lives that are just as out of place! Let me name a few and see if you can identify some of them in your own Christian life. By calling ourselves Christians, you and I identify with Jesus Christ, the architect of a Christ-like life.
So you tell me: What’s wrong with this picture of a Christian? What doesn’t belong?
- Refusing to forgive. We forgive with conditions (if at all), forgetting that God loves us unconditionally. He forgave our sins while we were yet enemies of the cross. We mistakenly believe that we can forgive or not whenever and whomever we want! (Mark 11:25,26 & Matthew 5:44)
- Holding back our first fruits to God (tithes and offerings). We give when it is convenient and hold back when it isn’t. We assume that God really doesn’t care when or how much we give. WRONG! (Proverbs 3:9)
- Not attending or belonging to a local church. We say things like “I don’t have to be part of a corporate body to serve God.” Is that what God says? Of course not! God requires us to come together! (Hebrews 10:24, 25) We see in the word that the first church God started on the day of Pentecost, met in the homes and the synagogue, daily and weekly.
- Keeping silent about Jesus. Every day we pass a multitude of people who are on their way to hell. We take for granted that we are on our way to heaven, so it doesn’t matter. Yet one of our primary purposes as Christ’s ambassador is to be a witness (share Jesus) to every person God puts in our path. That’s how Jesus our architect designed us. (Romans 10:13-15)
There are many other things that don’t belong in the life of a true Christian, but I believe that if you will remove these four, the others will also go. We are not our own anymore. We belong to Jesus because He purchased us with His precious blood.
We can no longer live on the premise that we’ll only do what’s convenient. We’re called to live every day for Him, through Him and by Him (Galatians 2:20).
That is the lifestyle we were created and designed for, the most fulfilling life we could live (Ephesians 2:10).
Jesus is our Creator and Architect. If you want your “living room” to reflect the Architect who designed it and His plans and purposes for such a creation, remove the things that don’t bleong in the picture. Let’s glorify Him and stop taking Him for granted. He really does care how we live our Christian life. Ask yourself today: What’s wrong with this picture? And make a conscious effort to remove the things that don’t belong! It’s a great way to start every day.