Where Do You Stand with God?
Growing up in a godly house before we seriously surrender to God for ourselves can cause (and has caused many of us) us to become too familiar with God and the things that concern Him. It also causes our heart to become callous to the point where we think we know all there is to God (just because we've been in the church all our lives). This state of being is super dangerous because we end up carrying a form of godliness while lacking the true essence and power of being a believer (disciple of Christ). Here’s the truth: we can be in church from an infant to an adult and still not know God or be in right standing with Him. Selah! A second-hand relationship with the Lord doesn’t work after we become of age. We have to choose God for ourselves. What many leaders didn’t tell us that to choose Jesus is to choose His lifestyle. We were never supposed to remain or live in what He called us from. True believers are those who worship God in spirit and in truth (God’s truth, His Word). Remember, familiarity breeds contempt, disrespect and dishonor. Where do we stand with God? Don’t be guilty of spending your life dancing, shouting, and everything else before Lord, but never surrender to Him.
P.S. The cost of really being in Christ is a life fully surrendered to Him. That means we intentionally leave what He hates and walk in what He loves (which is righteousness and Holiness).
"And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?” Matthew 16:26 NLT
“Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me.” Luke 9:23 NLT