Are you flying by the seat of your pants with your faith stuck in auto-pilot? Sickened by the lust and corruption polluting this world, the young man began the search for a better way of life. Fueled by faith not bigger than a mustard seed, he found Jesus and asked him to be his personal Saviour and Guide. Leaving all the baggage that he had accumulated from the past, he stepped out from the shadow of denial, into the brilliant Light of Salvation.
“For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.” (Romans 7:18).
Empowered now by the indwelling of God’s Holy Spirit, the new believer’s faith blossomed, and eventually bore fruit. Those who knew him before he became a Christian, could not help but see the incredible transformation taking place. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation: the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17). The further he navigated away from the world’s escalating immorality and brokenness, the more this young man’s life shone and reflected Christ’s goodness. He experienced peace for the first time. So much so in fact, that in time he forgot God’s warnings and set his faith to cruise in auto-pilot. Within the blink of an eye, they hit a wall of turbulence!
“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8).
Though well-studied in Christian theology, and though he sat in the same church pew religiously, the young man had grown complacent and needed a wake-up call. Like so many Christians, he preached but didn’t follow Christ’s mandate. To “love each other as I have loved you” (John 15:12). The Spiritual gifts God had blessed him with, served his pride well, but seldom served the poor and weak of heart. They were given with clear instructions to be used for the “soul” purpose of spreading the “Good-News” of Salvation and sharing God’s unconditional love.
So I ask you, Without our lives reflecting Christ’s love and his mandate, we might just as well step back into the shadows of denial, that rule this corrupt world.