I’m ever perplexed and astonished by modern day christians who treat the gospel and God’s word like the buffet at Golden Corral. They pick and choose between things they like and the things they don’t. If something is hard to chew or easy to swallow. But that’s not the way it was intended.
Paul, in Galatians understood the REQUIREMENT to keep the teaching aspect of the gospel intact; I feel that the same principles apply to LIVING it out in our everyday life. It must remain whole. Nothing added nothing taken away.
I rarely visit buffet’s such as Golden Corral but I know when I do I will gravitate towards the things that taste good; the things I’m used to. Things like pizza, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, french fries- not very healthy, I know- ice cream, brownies, etc. The things that I have eaten and know I like them. Dishes that I KNOW I can handle. I don’t choose the dishes that I’ve never tried. I don’t want to take a step out and try something new, even though there is a chance that I could be missing out on the best food ever.
Many people do exactly the same thing with scripture. We will pick and choose scriptures that don’t require too much, but the verses that are easy and we’ve already done, we cling to and make our own foundation to which we will believe and then act out.
Galatians 1:6 Paul is admonishing the people of Galatia.
“I am amazed that you are so quickly turning away from Him who called you by the grace of Christ, and are turning to a different gospel” he continues in verse 7 to say that there is no other gospel.
The gospel of Christ is that of a loving God sending His son, from His righthand in heaven, down to earth to live a Holy perfect life as a god-man. Fully God yet fully Man, to die for the sins of the whole world then be raised again signifying that we, His creation, might live with them for eternity if we put our faith in Him.
That is the Gospel in a nutshell. God loved the unlovable enough to send His only son for us to have a way out of eternal damnation. That is God’s glorious, loving, providential character. That alone is all that is needed for salvation.
So for those still searching to find the Truth, there ^ is your Way, it gives birth to Life. (John 14:6)
And for those who have found the Truth but have yet to fully abandon every worldly thing that can ensnare. Things that hinder our walk. Things that we like. Things we don’t want to give up. Things that HAVE to be put away to fully put on the new person of Christ.
This is my belief as of right now.
If you’re a christian totally embracing culture you need to stop! You are called to be DIFFERENT (Romans 12:2) If you are enthralled by the music and media that does nothing but pull away from the glory of Christ and the body of Christ you need to stop! (1 Corinthians 10:23) You have been called to more, you have been saved for more. “You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men.” –(1 Corinthians 7:23)
If this sounds like you, please understand the implications that this lifestyle you’re living impacts, not only you, but the eternal destination of others. They see your life and are watching to see the difference. In the new testament it says that spectators saw something different and were astonished. What do people see when they look at your life? Are they astonished, or do they think you’re just like them?
One last thing. As a child of God you share in His inheritance, His household. He has shared all of His possessions and power with you. He has given you EVERYTHING. So there is a responsibility that we bear.
Much will be required of everyone who has been given much. And even more will be expected of the one who has been entrusted with more.- Luke 12:48