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What do you do with a Christianity that is more concerned about how the world perceives it than faithfully obeying the Word of God? What do you do with a faith that withers in the face of opposition? What do you do with a people that no longer know how to give the lost and dying world an answer for the hope that lies within them? What do you do with a follower of Christ that stops following the moment Christ walks against the tide of our culture?

Does not this describe the heart of God’s people today? I really wish that this was an over-exaggeration. I wish with all my heart that these questions were laughable. I desire that we would be so lost in the love and power of Christ that the world couldn’t help but be drawn to Him. But this isn’t the case. We live distracted Christian lives. God has become just another part of who we are. We forget that Christ is our life and no one else. Sitting in a pew on Sunday and Wednesday night has become our devotion to Him. Conviction has become an addicting adrenalin just powerful enough to keep us coming back for more. But whatever happened to pure, sincere, heart-felt repentance? It should break our hearts that we are only willing to give our left-overs to God. The problem is that we have become obsessed with ourselves. Everything has become about us, about what we can get out of it, how we benefit. We need the mind of Christ. Jesus said, “Not my will but thy will be done.” Will you be willing to let that be your prayer? The verse in John 12:32 is very telling. Jesus says that, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.”

Who are you lifting up today?

Are you declaring Christ or boasting about yourself? Who do you think about the most? When people mock or revile you do get angry and offended? Will you take time to watch a movie or play a game without even giving the Bible a second thought? When you wake up each morning do you think, what am I going to do today or what does the LORD want me to do today? Is your life so planned that you don’t have time for God to interfere? We want the world to see Jesus and yet we hide Him behind the dark curtain of selfishness. We want the world to give their all to Him when we wont even give Him a few hours of our day? We desire to declare the truth in public and yet at home we make provision for sin through things like the TV, movies, internet, books, conversations and jokes. In light of these questions, who are you lifting up in your everyday life?

How was Christ lifted up?

He was lifted up on a bloody instrument of death. He was lifted up on a cross. You may say, I don’t lift myself up. I present Christ in my life! Examine yourself. The Pharisees thought that they were lifting up God. They prayed elaborate prayers to God in public while looking down their noses at the world around them. God became a flashy jewel around their necks. A prize that they earned by obedience. But the true Christ is lifted up on an ugly cruel cross. There is nothing flashy about that. It is raw Christianity displayed in honesty before men. Jesus said that we are to daily take up our cross and follow Him. Have you taken up your cross and followed Jesus? Have you been crucified with Christ? Have your past works of righteousness been counted as dung? Are you walking in His Spirit of truth?

Why was Christ lifted up?

He was lifted up to draw all men unto Himself. He came to seek and save the lost. He came to preach law to the proud and grace to the humble. He came to give life. Why are you lifting up Christ? He has commanded us to preach the gospel to the whole world. Are you? All He asks is that you begin in your Jerusalem. Do you have the ministry of reconciliation? Why should we ever want to hoard the greatest gift that God has ever bestowed on mankind? Christ was lifted up for YOU. Now point the sinner to the cross. Jesus is waiting.

When is Christ lifted up?

Christ is lifted up when we, like John the Baptist, say that He must increase, but I must decrease. He is strong in us when we are weak. His strength is made perfect in weakness. That is why He has chosen the foolish things of this earth to confound the wise. It is Christ perfect righteousness in us. Stop stealing the glory that belongs to God. He alone deserves the honor and glory.

Let’s be salt and light!

That light is the light of salvation, the light of His Word. It is not our own. All we have to do is trust in the Lord with all our heart and lean not on our own understanding and He SHALL direct our paths. His Word is a lamp unto our feet and light unto our path. We wants His light to shine on a hill. This light of His righteousness will expose the works of darkness. His holy presence, when He is lifted up will convince men of their sin. The wages of sin are made clear in light of the agony of Calvary.

What in your life is more important than God? What idol has replaced Him in your heart? I’m talking to you Christian. Don’t think that you exempt from falling for an idol. Many have fallen away from their first love. They are worshiping a God of their own imagination, a golden calf made from their own riches, those flashy jewels of self-righteousness taken from the Egyptians.

There’s no reason to let apathy or bitterness or discouragement or regret hold you back from lifting up the Son of God. Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us. The time for loving your God is now. The time for reaching the lost with His love is now. The time for walking in His Spirit is now.

Don’t be afraid of the world. Nothing touches a child of God without first passing through the hand of God. We are to fear God not man.

I plead with you Christian to follow the Lord. His yoke is easy. There is no lasting pleasure in a life lived for self and sin. Jesus Christ can be your all.

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Comments
  1. Melissa Bickish says:

    “Conviction has become an addicting adrenalin just powerful enough to keep us coming back for more… We want the world to see Jesus and yet we hide Him behind the dark curtain of selfishness”…. I appreciated this Chris. These thoughts were really TRUE… so sadly true. I struggle so often in my walk with the Lord and just giving myself to death every day… and Why? When He has done all and provided all and become all and intends to even be all for me.

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  2. Lynea says:

    Wow. Really appreciated this Chris. I wish the questions you asked in the beginning of this post were “laughable” too. But they aren’t. The “Christianity” I see lived around me- isn’t the same Christianity I see in my Bible. It is scary and very sad. I appreciated what you said about standing against the tide of our culture, about not being afraid of the world. To truly follow Jesus Christ, you MUST be different. You have to stand against the overflowing majority, and be willing to be different than the “average Christian”. I’m beginning to realize how lonely it feels. But, it is worth it. The Lord is worth it. He is worthy. Why are we doing what we do? Who are we lifting up? Who are we always thinking about? Ouch. It would seem so much more spiritual to say that I wasn’t convicted by these questions! (Haha) But, I feel slayed by my own selfish heart. Thank you for posting this Chris. It truly was helpful.

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  3. Toni says:

    Great post Chris. Convicting.

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  4. Eldora says:

    I’m impsesred you should think of something like that

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