The body of Christ (by that I mean the church) is full of spiritually preoccupied Christians. Somewhere along the way we’ve been sold a bill of goods that busyness is next to godliness, and that we can have all the benefits of righteousness without a deep, intimate relationship with Jesus. That’s crazy-talk, and it has been around since the time Moses walked the earth.
The writer of Hebrews rewinds to the earliest days of Israel when they were a group of people rather than a territory with boundaries. God’s power wasn’t a theory. Think about all that great movie fodder—parting seas, water from rocks, fire on the mountain—all acts of God in Spielberg proportions. When all those astounding, holy, fantastic moments were happening all around them, the Israelites were sneaking around, worshiping idols, fighting each other, and acting like we often do as Americans.
Simply put, they were stubborn, hard-hearted people. All they had to do was rest in the reality and power of God. But they craved to worship their own craft. They melted gold to make calves. They complained about the menu. They hoarded treasures, and they promoted their own treadmill, me-first existence. In other words, they had Egypt on the brain. Can you relate to that? I can.
The pagan culture surrounds us, and we begin to smell like it. We act like the culture we live in. We aspire to be successful and we sometimes forget to do what is right. We get so invigorated by the thought that we could, we don’t stop to ask ourselves if we should. Our heart grows distant. Our soul cracks open and the world spills out of us. We become spiritually dull on the inside.
How have we gone astray in our hearts?
Is a strong heart the same as a hard heart?
Do you have idols that you need to show out of the tent so you can have a tender heart toward Jesus?
These are all very tough questions, but questions that we really need to take the time to ask ourselves. If we don’t, we will find ourselves living ordinary lives in which we do not stand out. Choose to be different. Choose to stand out in a world of mediocrity.
Choose to walk in the steps God has planned for you in your life.