Sunday, August 13, 2017

Half-Hearted: All-In or All-Out?

[Revelation 3:15-16] "I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold or hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth." 

Hello lovelies! 

So, I know some of my readers have probably already clicked the exit button upon seeing a Bible scripture at the top of this post. I know Christianity isn't the "cool thing" to most people these days and I'm sure those people that instantly clicked out thought "Great, she's getting ready to preach about something...No Thanks!" 
Ha! I get it. Anyone who knows me well knows that I have always struggled with the whole "getting preached at" concept. BUT, for those who have actually stuck around to see what this post is gong to be about-- I hope it encourages you in some way. If not (and this blog post is just for me), you can come back in a few days and I'll have another normal blog post up. :) 

This morning, our pastor preached on the subject "Get It In Gear". He spoke about how there are more and more people these days that are neither hot nor cold when it comes to serving God. They are just...lukewarm! They don't want to be all-out but they also don't want to be all-in. They want to "ride the fence" per se. 

I'm just going to be open and honest for a few minutes here. I don't know what it was about his sermon that got to me-- maybe it has to do with all of the chaos going on in the world, but I feel like I have to look at my own life and decide whether I'm all-in or all-out. I've honestly never felt more of a sense of urgency than I do right now. Y'all, we are living in a scary world! People are becoming so divided and hateful... Every day, we are seeing unnatural and sinful things become "the norm" while Christians are becoming more and more criticized and hated. The liberal media is making us out to be the ones that are racist, uncivil and unaccepting of others. Well, I have to disagree! This brings me back to the title of today's post. I don't want to be half-hearted when it comes to what I believe. The last few years, I have found myself wanting to make both sides happy. I have friends with all kinds of different beliefs... and I would like to think I do my best at respecting each and every one of them. (Even if I don't agree) However, I refuse to be silent any longer and not stand up for what I believe because I'm afraid of hurting someone's feelings. I feel like Christians have become so scared of getting into a "heated debate" with someone (since you know it's always the Christians fault because we are soooooo close-minded...*that was sarcasm incase you missed it, haha!*) so we just stay silent.
Honestly, I do try to stay quiet when people are debating on issues via social media-- and I don't plan on getting in the middle of a debate any time soon. However, if someone DOES ask me my opinion on an issue, I will not give the "easy" or "socially acceptable" answer any longer.

I want to be ALL-IN and I'm making that decision now. I know I'm not perfect and will probably epically fail at some point but I want people to know where I stand. I have a long ways to go and I'm still learning and seeking to be the best version of myself. I need to pray more... I need to read my Bible more... I need to be more faithful when it comes to going to church. Trust me-- I am far from perfect. I just want to love people and set an example for anyone and everyone that it's OKAY to be a Christian-- and it's okay not to conform to everything that the world views as normal or acceptable. In the end, we will walk those streets of gold and have a mansion for eternity. That's way better than some temporary pleasure here on earth!

Anyways, I don't know if any of this made sense or not but it was from my heart so I guess you can take it or leave it! Ha! ;) I hope you all have a great week... I'm ready to take on Monday!

Love always,

"In His Presence there is fullness of joy."

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