It’s sort of like that family Bible on the living room table that no one reads. Many Christians treat Jesus like that – keeping Him in the background, gathering dust from misuse. Oh, they call on Him in times of crises, or if there is something tangible that they desire.
Why would we relate to Christ that way? Often, we forget about whatever led us to Jesus in the first place – be it in response to crisis, or because we answered the call of God.
Why in the world would we put our relationship with our Savior on the back burner? In the world indeed. It’s either due to a love of self (pride), the ‘I can do it myself’ attitude, or, because of having a love for the world that is greater than one’s love for Jesus. Both are rooted in cravings, be they unsatisfied, or inordinately indulged in.
Likewise, they are the frank expressions of the natural human, which makes them so prevalent. If we let the flesh lead, we cannot perceive of an advantage for leaving the world behind. Yet this runs contrary to how we first realized who Christ is and accepted Him in our hearts. He is not impressed:
“…I have this [charge] against you, that you have left your first love [you have lost the depth of love that you first had for Me]. So remember the heights from which you have fallen, and repent [change your inner self – your old way of thinking, your sinful behavior – seek God’s will] and do the works you did at first [when you first knew Me]; otherwise, I will visit you and remove your lampstand…” Rv. 2:3 – 5. AMP
What stirs up your flesh, enticing you to stay in the world? Is it not the tempter, he who desires that you should perish at the end of time? The devil continually assaults the followers of Jesus, even at the outset:
“The sower sows the word [of God, the good news regarding the way of salvation]…but when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word which has been sown in them. In a similar way…one whom seed was sown on rocky ground, who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy [but accept it superficially]; and they have no real root in themselves, so they endure only for a little while; then, when trouble or persecution comes because of the word, immediately they [are offended and displeased at being associated with Me and] stumble and fall away. And others are the ones who have heard the word, but the worries and cares of the world [the distractions of this age with its worldly pleasures], and the deceitfulness [and the false security or glamour] of wealth [or fame], and the passionate desires for all the other things creep in and choke out the word, and it becomes unfruitful.” Mk. 4:14 – 19. AMP
Now you have a dusty Jesus.
We forget why it is so vital to be in a right relationship with Christ, a connection that we cannot have if we’ve got one foot in the world:
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other.” M.t 6:24 ESV
“Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” Lk. 2:49 NKJV
God’s word must constantly be in our hearts – concentrated upon the center of it all:
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world though Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” Jn. 3:16 – 18. NKJV.
Condemned. To believe in Jesus is to emulate Him to the best of our ability:
But are you willing to recognize, you foolish [spiritually shallow] person, that faith without [good] works is useless? Jas. 2:20 AMP
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.” Mt. 7:21 NKJ
Remember the Father and the Son and what they did for you:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 1 Pt. 1:3 – 5. ESV
That should take your breath away. Shake off those distractions and return to your Redeemer. Ask Him for help; He will deliver you again:
But the LORD is faithful, and He will strengthen you [setting you on a firm foundation] and will protect and guard you from the evil one. 2 Thess. 3:3 AMP
If the world has chiseled away at your faith, Jesus is the only one to ask for restoration:
…let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith… Heb. 12:1, 2. ESV
The world and its pleasures are temporary. Leave it behind and latch onto eternity. The choice is yours to make:
“Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.” Mt. 10:37 ESV
“No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back [to the things left behind] is fit for the kingdom of God.” Lk. 9:62 AMP
“Do not labor for the food that perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you…” Jn. 6:27 NKJV
Jesus is talking about the world. Let it go. Come on back to His open arms. Dust the world off yourself, that same grime you left on Jesus when you forgot that He came into your heart. Let Him shine through you.
“To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.” Rv. 2:7 NKJV
Goodnight and God bless.