Have you ever seen a baby bird coming out of its shell? It breaks through a little a time until it can free itself.
That’s what a lot of new Christians are like. We crack through a piece at a time. We start off going to church and then join a small group. Later we might join the choir or lead a bible study.
God wants us to be moving at all times, cracking through our discomfort to work for Him. Revelations 3:15-16 says, I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.” If you are neither hot nor cold, you are stagnant. Stagnant Christians stay in one place. They’re motionless and don’t seem to be moving forward in their walk.
Some dormant Christians eventually grow tired of their faith. They either find something more to do in God’s name or begin to turn away. Then there are those Christians who become too comfortable in their lack of movement. A lot of Sunday Christians are these types of stagnant believers. They don’t join groups or get involved. They just exist on Sunday morning.
The main reason believers don’t grow is because they allow fear to lead instead of Jesus. As Christians, we either move forward or move back. There is no just sitting there doing nothing. Because doing nothing is really moving back in your walk.
But God doesn’t call us to be comfortable. He calls us to trust Him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn’t come through. Francis Chan, author
I’m not saying you have to jump out of bed shouting God’s name every day, but you should be able to gauge your growth as a Christian. Do you still commit the same sins as in your past? No. Then you’ve grown. Maybe you read more of the Bible now than you did last year. That’s growth. Going to church without getting involved and not reading your Bible is being stagnant or cold. Neither of which we want to be.
Take a step at a time and grow a little each day in your walk. That is the best way to keep from getting stagnant. As a Christian, we should want to do more than just exist in God. We should want to grow and move in our walk.
We need to crack our shell and move in God’s name. It’s the best way to keep from getting too complacent in our faith. I’m sure we all want to be on fire for Jesus, and movement is the best way to get hot for Him.
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