I remember when my husband first got saved some 10 years ago now. He had one of those Road to Damascus experiences where God showed up big time and gave him visions of demons and angels and beams of light shooting into heaven representing the saved. After a month of spending every spare moment studying the Scriptures, my husband looked up at me one night and said, "Now what?" In other words, what do we do now with this grand revelation? How can we go on with our mundane lives when we know there's a God and a devil and a heaven and hell and a battle going on all around us. What do we do?
At the time all I said was "We live what we believe." I wasn't sure what that meant exactly but the more I study the Bible, the more I believe that as followers of Jesus we are supposed to be having adventurous abundant exciting miraculous lives. Then why when I look around at my fellow Christians do most of them seem so bored and defeated? They come to church on Sunday, they may attend a Bible study during the week. They may even read their Bible occasional and pray. They rarely talk about God at social events and even if they do, there's no excitement in their voice, no spark in their eyes.
In my opinion the church in America has reduced itself to a social club, a place where like-minded people get together to hear a good talk, get entertained by a good band and then go home and live our lives like everyone else. (Well, except for the fact that most of us try to be moral)
But is this what God had planned for His children? When I read the Bible, I find nothing but stories of people who did great things for God, people who lived fulfilling adventurous lives and accomplished unbelievable tasks for God. All because they held God to His Word. They believed Him and they stepped out of their comfort zone to obey Him.
We in America have become far too comfortable in our walks with God. We have turned Christianity into a self-worshiping religion instead of God worshiping. We put our own comfort and happiness above doing God's will.
Are you bored with your faith? Do you have doubts from time to time that any of it is true? Perhaps you ought to pray and ask God to wake you up. Ask Him to call you out of the boat into the storm. Ask Him to use you in a mighty way to further His Kingdom. Tell Him you'll obey Him no matter what the cost to you or your family. Wow, now that's a radical prayer! But don't pray it unless you mean it. Because God WILL answer. You can choose to lead a hum-drum Christian life more concerned with your comfort than in joining the battle for the Kingdom of God. OR you can risk everything and live the life of adventure God has planned for you since the beginning of time.
Think about these people in the Bible. How dull and ordinary would their lives have been if they hadn't been willing to risk it all for God?
- What would have happened if Moses had told God that No, he wasn't going to go to Egypt and free his fellow Israelites. It was too dangerous, too much work, too hard, too scary, the people won't listen, Pharoah will kill him, etc etc. ?
- What if Joshua hadn't agreed to lead the people into the promised land? What kind of life would he have led?
- What if Abraham had never left Ur?
- What if Joseph had been too frightened to interpret the King's dream?
- What if Daniel had blended in with all the other captives and not stood up for his beliefs?
- What if Peter and John had remained fishermen and not followed Jesus when He called?
I could go on.
The point is, if you're bored with your faith, then you are probably playing it safe. You are the eleven disciples who never asked to get out of the boat and walk with Jesus on the water. They never got to feel the rise and fall of waves beneath their feet as they tromped through the storm! What a rush! Only Peter asked to come to Jesus. Only Peter got to experience that.
If you are considering praying the prayer I mentioned above, make sure you are serious and will obey God when He calls. If you're not willing to pray the prayer, you are still going to heaven. You are still a child of God if you believe in Jesus. You will most likely remain in your dull complacency and live out your life in comfort. But you will miss out on the thrill! The thrill of walking with God minute by minute and seeing Him work in ways you could have never imagined! The thrill of seeing miracles, healings, deliverances, people plucked from the fires of hell.!!
Don't be one of the many who will arrive on those heavenly shores and say, "I wish I'd done more for God. I wish I'd done more."