We settle way too often as Christians…
Somehow, we’ve have convinced ourselves that simply being good is okay.
Ironic, isn’t it?
In most every other area of our lives, we at least aim at being great.
We work hard at our jobs.
We tell our kids to do their best at school.
We always expect great customer service.
We applaud people who go the extra mile or do a great job.
The fact of the matter is we all value being great.
We admire greatness. We sacrifice for greatness. We pursue greatness.
So, why don’t we do that as Christians?
Why are we so content to be average when it comes to our faith?
Because just being good is comfortable.
Just being good doesn’t ask too much of our time or our money.
Just being good lowers our own expectations so that we can feel good about being good.
Just being good enables us to blend in with the crowd.
Just being good makes it easy to skip church at least twice a month (because sadly, that’s the new normal for the average Christian in America).
Just being good is cool…because who doesn’t love a good person, right?
Just being good is something we can do pretty well on our own.
In fact, we have become so good at just being good that many of us are stuck in our own goodness…
But Jesus never called us to simply be good.
He didn’t sacrifice His own life so that you could live an average one.
Stop settling for being good.
Stop convincing yourself that Jesus died so that you could be comfortable.
God calls us all to greatness. He expects our best.
It’s time for us to do the same.
11 So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do. 12 Then the name of our Lord Jesus will be honored because of the way you live, and you will be honored along with him. This is all made possible because of the grace of our God and Lord, Jesus Christ.[a]
2 Thessalonians 1:11-12