Cyclical Christians

“As a door swings back and forth on its hinges, so the lazy person turns over in bed.”
Proverb 26:14 (NLT)

Putting aside a sliding door, a typical door separating 2 rooms is hinged and able to move in a quarter of circle direction.
In some hotels (e.g. Fullerton hotel), the entrance door moves in a full circle fashion.
The idea is this: the door always revolves around the hinge. The door never breaks free.

In the case of a lazy person, his body is the door and the bed is the hinge.
He rolls in bed over and over instead of getting up to work.
The Scripture is clear:  Those who do not work do not eat (2 Thes 3:10)

Now, let us apply this verse and examine our spirituality.

Does our walk with God seem to be going in a circle just like a revolving door?
Some Christians are hinged on routine. They are cyclical Christians.
They attend church service but they lack passion.
In fact, their Christian life is predictable and periodic.
Week in week out, they may enjoy God’s presence on weekend but they are spiritually dry on weekdays.

This should not be the case.

Our walk with God must be progressive instead of going around in a circle.
Day by day, we are called to become more and more like Lord Jesus.
So, if our walk with God today is the same as last year, for example, then we must really check our heart.

How do we then break free from this hinge of routine?
There are at least 2 things we can do.

1.Pray that God will help us to be on fire for Him.
Never be lazy in showing such devotion. *Be on fire with the Spirit. Serve the Lord (Rm 12:11)
It all starts with desire. Do we ourselves want to break free from routine?
If we do, then we can pray to God to enable us to be passionate for Him.

2.Maintain basic spiritual disciplines.
Prayer. Meditating on God’s word. Fasting. Serving. Giving. Evangelism. Worship. Etc.
We may not feel like doing those disciplines at the beginning.
However, as we discipline ourselves, gradually the feeling of excitement of following the LORD will come.

Let us not be cyclical Christians.
Instead, let us grow into maturity in God.

 

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Posted September 30, 2016 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Uncategorized, Verse of the Day

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