The Christian Hokey-Pokey

Revelation 3:16

          But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!

  Galatians 5:22-23NLT

            But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

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 Do you remember the children’s song The Hokey Pokey?  It is a song where you physically have to move and place parts of your body into the circle.  You start with your hands then your feet, move on to your shoulders and then your hips.  As the song progresses, eventually you put your whole body in the circle.  Fun song to dance to and really great for getting everyone involved, but I feel God showed me something the other day related to the Christian walk.

Let’s say the inner part of the circle is the world and the place where we stand is the new creation in Christ which occurred when you asked Jesus into your heart.  When we decide to allow Jesus to be the ruler of our lives we are covered by grace, forgiven of past, present and future sins and as we begin to seek the face of God we begin to make better choices regarding our lives….right?  Well sometimes we as Christians still like to put our hands and feet into sin or return to familiar places from the past.  It might start our small and then you add another part of you, suddenly your whole-self is in the world and you have forgotten you were a Christian at all.

Let’s use drinking as an example.  (not picking on anyone it’s just for example purposes)  I will even use myself as the model.  I accepted Jesus when I was six.  Tried to live the good life.  Was kind to everyone and tried my best to be good.  At the age of 12 I was in a regular church going every Sunday and Wednesday, I surely was on my way to living the Christian life, then peer pressure arrived on my doorstep.

You may not think that I am the type of person who does things just to fit in, however I still have my days where I feel very insignificant in this world.  I started drinking with a few of my friends at one of their houses.  We did it the “safe” way.  Keys were taken and everyone stayed the night.  I wasn’t sure if it was what I wanted to do but after years of being teased at school I chose to “fit it” and go with the crowd and drink.  It turned into pretty much a weekly process…Brenda would drink and be the first one passed out on the floor after getting sick….yup my version of fitting in.

As I got older and could drink in the bar I would drink and dance, wear things really not appropriate and I will share something with you that I have not spilled out to too many people but I feel it is significant for someone reading this.  One night after several drinks the bar tender invited me to his house.  Long story short I ended up under the covers with him and if I ever had believed in God, I really felt His presence in that moment.  It was like suddenly I was sober just before I wandered into something that would have ruined my life, God gave me the sound mind to get out of the situation.  I pushed him away and jumped out of bed, got dressed and ran.  I think God was protecting me from something horrible in that moment.  This ended my bar days, yet there was more to come, I was not done with drinking yet.

Soon after this I met my first husband and we drank together but not a lot.  I remember my 21st birthday party in my dad’s garage where I asked him when he was going to ask me to marry him (mind you we had only dated for 2 months) and he asked me on the spot.  Both totally drunk, I found out YEARS later that he had told his best friend that he had hoped I was too drunk to remember he had asked.  Eventually I lost my desire for drinking, mainly due to the fact that after the birth of my son, I decide someone needed to be sober for my child. .

Do you see what I mean about being Christian but really dabbling in the world?  Once I decided to have Jesus in my life I should have been staying away from sin but instead, only because I wanted to fit in, I chose to drink.  Satan took that one time of saying yes and ran with it.  I am sure he was out to ruin my life, however God had other plans.

The point of all of this is that when we choose to be saved by grace we need to learn how not to live halfway in the world and the other half for Jesus.  We should be at a place where we want to sin less and please God more.  God desires us to be on fire for Him and if we are playing Hokey Pokey it is hard for people to see God at all in our lives.  We should be displaying God in our daily lives by not swearing or hurting other people with our words.  We should be careful what we post on Facebook especially if we are part of a ministry…what is appropriate for adults may not be for the young teens you are ministering too.  I am not perfect and I have my moments, yet I know in my heart of hearts we have to choose to represent God to the world or be turned away from Jesus for being lukewarm.

 

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