“As Christians, we claim to put God and the pursuit of a Godly life first, but does this really reflect in our heart? We claim that he has the #1 spot and we would put everything else aside for him… In fact, if we were to truly follow him, there would be no ‘#1’ spot. There would be no list. Our heart would be solely God’s and everything in our life would reflect a pursuit of knowing and sharing the love and grace he has given us.”
My son, Preston, will graduate from college in June. He’s been a good student, learned a lot, and has a firm foundation on which to build his future. Recently, he shared with me his “Morning Coffee,” a devotional of sorts he wrote for himself to read each day. I get the sense he has learned the things that matter. Take a few sips and enjoy!
“Our true passions in life are what we pursue. When we want something bad enough, we do everything in our power to get it.
When we truly want something, we make it, not just a part of our day, an hour or two of our week, an occasional thought in our head during our day, but we make it our top priority. It becomes our motivation for everything else that is a part of our lives.
We leave habits and aspects of our lives that keep us from that goal. We are focused day in and day out on achieving that goal. We eliminate distraction, put things aside and allow everything in our lives to be a contribution to that goal. Some of us want to make money, some seek high-achievement or success, and some of us want to explore. The ambition that we have takes the #1 spot in our heart and if we want it bad enough, we will let all else suffer to meet that goal.
As Christians, we claim to put God and the pursuit of a Godly life first, but does this really reflect in our heart? We claim that he has the #1 spot and we would put everything else aside for him.
Jesus said if anyone is to come after him we must die DAILY and take up our own cross. Christianity is not simple. It is not one decision to pray a prayer or a single approach to the alter when the preacher calls for such an occasion. It is a daily decision to die to ourselves, to die to our selfish ambitions that take his place, our selfish thoughts, our evil desires, and anything that is impeding on that #1 spot. In fact, if we were to truly follow him, there would be no “#1” spot. There would be no list. Our heart would be solely God’s and everything in our life would reflect a pursuit of knowing and sharing the love and grace he has given us. We would put aside the worldly thoughts and desires that keep us from this and allow our day to day, hour to hour, second to second existence to contribute to this pursuit.
Instead, we minimize him into a part of our lives, a single day, single hour, single prayer, or single study. We think we can pursue everything we want in this earthy life and that as long as we pray enough, go to church enough, or read our bible enough, God will honor our desires and he will not ask anything more of us. Is this really the God of the bible? Does this life we desire reflect the life Jesus lived?
We often say Jesus is the model in which we want to live our life, yet day after day we talk about how we will make steps to live that life, but never take any action. It is an impossible standard, but we have so many other “impossible” ambitions that we make the center of our being and pursue day after day.
What if we began to take Christ seriously? What if our sole ambition was to be more Christ-like and spread his love and let everything we do in our life be an avenue to put it into practice. We cannot highlight John 3:16, say a prayer, and call ourselves followers. What if we stopped highlighting the parts of the gospel that we like and are comfortable with and we actually believed that Jesus truly meant what he said. This is what separates the followers of Christ from the fans of Christ. This, I truly believe, is what it takes to be a Christian.”
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