The Christian life is more than believing a list of facts on a creed. It’s more than sitting in church. It’s more than experiencing amazing worship and raising your hands. It’s more than “giving up” your Sunday mornings and tithing a piece of your salary.
True Christianity is living a life submitted.
Many times in our individualized, American culture today, being a Christian is often more focused and catered to the consumer. Our happiness with our Christian experience is often based around how we are served and catered to. Like the amount of programs our church provides for our children. The quality of the music on Sunday morning. The kinds of messages from the pulpit that are not too convicting, the kind that only remind us of God’s love without causing us to change our lives for His plan for our lives.
Truth be told, many in the church sit in the seat of the “intrigued”. They like to hear what God has done for them. Some love to sit and learn all the theology and facts. Some love to bask in the worship experience. But when it comes down to it, most of us love to follow our plans for our lives rather than God’s plan.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a pastor who lived and was martyred in Germany during Hitler’s regime once said, “Only those who obey believe, and only those who believe obey.” Jesus calls His followers to more than just church attendance and tithing. He calls them to lay everything at His feet. He calls devotion from every corner of our lives submitted to His authority.
He beckons us to sit in the chair of the submitted. To throw down the strongholds that we struggle to keep to ourselves.
The question we must ask ourselves is this: what do I hold back?
Because He calls us to submit everything. The rich must submit the feelings of safety found in his wealth. The intelligent must submit his mind and need to be correct. The famous must submit his inflated self-image. The comfort seeker must lay down his need for comfort and embrace what God has for him. The one who insists on “me time” must submit to the fact that all the time we are given is actually God’s.
What do you hold back? What are those things that often keep you in the intrigued chair rather than the submitted chair? Bonhoeffer also once said, “When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.” He bids us to relinquish control of our heart, the whole thing. To harbor no one thing against His jurisdiction and control.
What do you hold back?