Why we settle for being good Christians and not great Jesus followers

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

 

 

 

 

 

What are you aiming at in 2016?

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Purpose.

Meaning.

Direction.

Something to live for…

Something to aim at.

We need all of that.

(In case you’re not convinced, try getting excited about living with no purpose or meaning or direction and having nothing to live for.)

We need to aim at something in life or we end up either aiming at nothing or trying to aim at too many things and hitting nothing.

May I suggest to you at the beginning of another year that you are what you aim at.

And, the targets you shoot at in life are the things that give you purpose and meaning and direction.

These are the things that we value the most.

The things that we get out of bed every day for.

The things that we sacrifice for.

The things that we’re known for and that define us.

The things that we’re willing to bleed (and even die) for.

So, what are you aiming at in 2016?

Comfort?

Stability?

Control?

More stuff?

More money?

Success?

Peace?

Reconciliation?

A promotion?

A better you?

Whatever it is, now is the time to think about what you’re aiming at this year.

And, if you’re anything like the rest of us, may I suggest that you aim at this…

To know God more.

If you make this your aim, you will find the purpose and meaning and direction that you need for 2016…and beyond.

Ready.

Aim.

Live.

 

I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ.[a]For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith.

Philippians 3:7-9 (NLT)

Hope for 2016

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Hope.

You need it.

Your neighbor needs it.

The barista who just made your $5 latte needs it.

Your boss needs it.

That annoying guy at the gym needs it.

Your family needs it.

The people who always seem to have it all together need it.

Hope.

You want it.

You want 2016 to be better than 2015…

You want to live every day knowing that there is hope for you and for every other person on this earth.

You want hope.

You need hope.

You can have hope.

You just need to know where to look for it.

My hope for 2016 is this…

That the God of hope would fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may overflow in hope.  (Romans 15:13).

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