Moderation in All Things?

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Have you ever heard or said the words "moderation in all things"? Have you ever heard or said those words when referring to religion or your faith? C.S. Lewis writes in his book The Screwtape Letters “Talk to him about ‘moderation in all things’. If you can once get him to the point of thinking that ‘religion is all very well up to a point’, you can feel quite happy about his soul. A moderated religion is as good for us as no religion at all—and more amusing.” With that in mind, turn to Revelation 3:15-16. I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.”

Being a faithful Christian is more than memorizing verses in a book (that’s all the Bible is to you if that’s what you’re doing). Very quickly let’s look at 3 things we can do to become a faithful Christian on fire for God.

 

1.    Take time out of your day to read the word.

With our busy schedules (school, work, taking care of the house and kids, and the most important thing—our favorite TV show) we often leave out Bible reading.  However Paul reminds us in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 that “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” This passage teaches us that the Word of God is very beneficial to us. The Word of God teaches us, corrects us, reproves us, and trains us in righteousness so that we may be ready to do every good work. David reminds us in Psalm 119:105 that “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Not only does the Word of God prepare us for every good work, but it also lights our path along the way making it easier to travel along the path of righteousness while we do every good work.

 

2.    Take time out of your day to meditate on what you have read and how you can apply it to your life.

This is where the line is drawn between those who simply agree with the Bible and those who believe in the God and His Word.

Those who simply agree with the Bible do not practice what they read.  James writes, “For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like” (James 1:23-24).

Those who truly believe in God and in His Word put what they read into practice. God doesn’t want us to agree with Him and walk away doing nothing, “…but the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing” (James 1:25).

After reading the Word of God, we need to meditate on it. We need to search ourselves, our hearts, and determine what we need to change/do in order for us to follow His will.

 

3. Take time out of your day to pray for strength and courage.

God promises that He will be with us. In Isaiah 41:10 we read, “fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”  Paul also reminds us that we “…can do all things through him who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13).  These passages should encourage us.  So pray, ask God for strength and courage. He will deliver.

 

We must remember:

God doesn’t want a people who simply agree. God doesn’t want a people who follow Him to the point where it interferes with their life.  God doesn’t want a people who do the bear minimum.  He wants people who are on fire for Him.

I want to leave you with a quote I stumbled across from the Teacher’s Commentary:

 “never make the mistake of thinking that we are disciples simply because we agree with what the Bible says. Or go to church. A disciple is a person who has stepped beyond mere agreement to definite action. He has committed himself to DO.”