“Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.”
The more and more I grow up and see more of this world, the more I realize that God’s ways and the world’s ways are completely different. The world operates in a self-centered “me” existence, where the main goal in life is to accumulate the most awards and notability. However, God’s way is just the opposite. God wants us to stay humble; instead of becoming noteworthy, we should minister to the poor and the oppressed. And in our humility, the Lord will eternally honor us.
If our goal is to live our lives in order to please people, we will not find ourselves totally pleasing God. On the flipside, if we live our lives in order to please God, we will not always please others. But God’s way is perfect. Even though this world and the people in it may not agree with the way we live our lives, in the end, we’ll be Christ’s servants.
We cannot be in the middle, or lukewarm Christians. When I was younger I learned about not being a “lukewarm” Christian in Kids’ Church. It always seemed so easy to be on fire for God, especially being in a Christian school. However, as I get older, and “fitting in” seems to require being more worldly, I’ve realized how easy it could be for a person to take the easy route. It most definitely is easier to not follow Christ full-force with full-passion. But God desires a fulfilling, true, and complete relationship with us.
“But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!”
So may I shine brightly in the darkness, live a life of passion, and be totally on fire for God. Never do I want to be in the middle.