Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Spiritual Laziness

I was reading from the classic devotional by Oswald Chambers, "My Utmost For His Highest" today. He was referring to Hebrews 10:24-25 when he said:

"We are all capable of being spiritually lazy saints. We want to stay off the rough roads of life, and our primary objective is to secure a peaceful retreat from the world. The ideas put forth in these verses from Hebrews 10 are those of stirring up one another and of keeping ourselves together. Both of these require initiative— our willingness to take the first step toward Christ-realization, not the initiative toward self-realization. To live a distant, withdrawn, and secluded life is diametrically opposed to spirituality as Jesus Christ taught it."

He later goes on to challenge us a little further saying:

"It is a most disturbing thing to be hit squarely in the stomach by someone being used of God to stir us up— someone who is full of spiritual activity. Simple active work and spiritual activity are not the same thing. Active work can actually be the counterfeit of spiritual activity. The real danger in spiritual laziness is that we do not want to be stirred up— all we want to hear about is a spiritual retirement from the world. Yet Jesus Christ never encourages the idea of retirement— He says, "Go and tell My brethren . . ." (Matthew 28:10 )."

Where are you at today? Are you feeling spiritually lazy, desiring to use God to retreat from the world? Or is your faith driving you to go and make a difference in the world? It's quite the challenge... isn't it?

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