Christ Follower or Poser?

June 11, 2012

I always hate it when someone makes a blanket, dogmatic statement but I’m going to make one:

The MOST Important thing that you can do in your life is to invest in your relationship with God.

If you’ve never gotten anything else right in your life, get this one in order and the direction of your life will improve.

Yes, taking care of your kids is important.  Being a productive member of society and excelling at work is important.  Making sure that you brush your teeth and wear deodorant is pretty important to those around you, but nothing beats your investment in your relationship with God.

The reason that I can say that is because if your relationship with God is right and growing, your priorities in all of the other areas will be in order or at least headed in the right direction.  If you are listening to God and seeing life through Christ’s eyes, the other areas will take care of themselves. 

POSER

I once went on a trip with a guy that we’ll call Bob.  Bob had told me over and over in preparation for the trip about how much he loved cycling.  He had a new bike and a bike rack.  He INSISTED that we take our bikes on our trip to ride.  When we got to our destination, we only rode about a city block.  I couldn’t get him to get on his bike.  Now if this fat boy is riding more than you are, you’re not a cyclist.  It turns out, Bob liked the status of telling people that he was a cyclist but he really didn’t like riding the actual bike.

Some who claim to follow Christ are like that.  They might claim to be followers of Christ but if they were taken to court for being a Christian, there just wouldn’t be enough evidence to convict them.  Yes, most people are nice but there is a difference in following Christ and just being nice.  Some people are naturally nice but that doesn’t make them a Christ-follower.  You become a Christ-follower by following Christ.  (Doesn’t mean your perfect.  Just forgiven, btw.)

So…  How do you “invest” in your relationship with God?

Mark 1:35 says that “very early in the morning, Jesus got up, left the house, and went to a solitary place where he prayed.”  If Jesus felt like it was important to spend DAILY time in a QUIET PLACE with God, then it is important for me too.  I’ve talked to some people that think it’s good enough to whisper a prayer while getting in the car on the way to work.  That’s a good thing to do, but Psalms also tells us to “Be Still And Know That He Is God.”  Unless we think we can “wing it” better than Jesus, we can’t leave this one out!  Spend daily time with God.

Alone time.

Quiet.

With God.

During the Quiet Time, it is important to LISTEN during part of it.  Reading your Bible and talking to God are the parts that most people think of when they think of time with God but listening is important too.  God will speak if we’ll seek Him, be still, and actually shut up and listen sometimes.

Finally, if we’re spending DAILY time with God and we try to be more aware of Him during our day, we’ll begin seeing His FINGERPRINTS around us.  We’ll see people that have needs or could use a kind word of encouragement.  He may even direct us to do something that makes us a bit uncomfortable at times but those can be the times when you grow most in your relationship with Him.

I encourage you to be the real deal.  Invest in following Jesus.  The world has enough posers and needs to see real Christ Followers.

Yep!  I’m dogmatic, passionate, and serious about this one:

The MOST Important thing that you can do in your life is to invest in your relationship with God.

How does it affect your day when you choose to start it with God in a quiet place?

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