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Addicted to Mediocrity

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do,
do it all for the glory of God.
1 Cor. 10:31

There is a disease that runs rampant among us today.  It has infiltrated our activities, our thoughts, our lives.  Its symptoms are apathy, compartmentalism, and mediocrity. 

Franky Schaeffer writes in his book, Addicted to Mediocrity, “In the ninetheenth century and early twentieth century, something happened within the church.  A strange truncated unscriptural view of spirituality grew up.  First spirituality was seen as something separate from the rest of real life.  It was above ordinary things;  it was cut off and not part of the everyday working out of our lives.  Spirituality became something religious and had a great deal less to do with truth, daily life, and applying Christian principles through that life.  It became something in itself, both the means to an end and the end in itself.  Spirituality became a thing separated from the rest of life.”

He goes on to say, “Either God is the creator of the whole, man, the whole universe, and all of reality and existence, or he is the creator of none of it.  If God is only the creator of some divided platonic existence which leads to a tension between the body and the soul, the real world and the spiritual world, if God is only the Creator of some spiritual little experiential “praise-the-Lord” reality, then He is not much of a God.  Indeed, he is not I AM at all.  If our Christian lives are allowed to become something spiritual and religious as opposed to something real, daily applicable, understandable, beautiful, verifiable, balance, sensible, and above all united, whole, if indeed our Christianity is allowed to become this waffling spiritual goo that nineteenth-century platonic Christianity became, then Christianity as truth disappears and instead we only have a system of vague experiential religious platitutdes in its place.  This indeed is what has happened . . . People’s lives have become compartmentalized.”  (Addicted to Mediocrity, Cornerstone Books, 1981)

Every facet of our lives is to be conformed to the image and likeness of God through faith in Jesus Christ and the transforming power of the Holy Spirit.  Jesus calls his disciples to conform their lives to His way of life . . . to walk in a manner worthy of HIS calling, i.e., our way of life, our thoughts, our words, or actions should reflect the character of the One by whose name we are called . . . “Christian.”

Jesus says in Luke, “So therefore, no one of you can be my disciple who does not give up all his own possessions.  Therefore, salt is good; but if even salt has become tasteless, with what will it be seasoned?  It is useless either for the soil or for the manure pile;  it is thrown out.  He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”  (Luke 14:33-35)

 . . . and in Matthew, Jesus says . . . “Your are the light of the world.  A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.  Nor do men light a lamp, and put it under the peck measure, but on the lamp stand;  and it gives light to all who are in the house.  Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”  (Matthew 5:14-16)

Let me ask you Christian, “Are you salt and light?  It means that EVERY area of your life must be under the authority of the one who is the searcher of our souls.  It means submitting to Christ’s authority at all times, in all ways, in every place.  It means working out our salvation with fear and trembling.  It means living every day trusting in the perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

God is the creator of the whole man and to that end, we are to “glorify Him and enjoy Him forever.”  He is the Great I AM and because HE IS, we are.

May you live as God’s “treasured possession” a chosen race, a royal Priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” (1 Peter 2:9-12)

It is jy prayer that each of you would experience a glorious week, basking in the Light of His Word, reflecting the Light of His Glory that you profess to be in your heart – that light that is the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ (2 Corinthians 4:5), and considering that whatever you do , it is to be done – ALL OF IT –  to the glory of God.

Cast off that addiction to mediocrity!

May the Lord our God bless you and keep you.

Pastor Mark

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