What is Holding You Back From Wholeheartedly Following Christ?
“If I were to wholeheartedly follow Christ, I’d…”
I reflect on this idea daily.
If I were to wholeheartedly follow Christ… I wouldn’t make an idol out of achievement. I would spend more time delighting in God’s Word and in praising Him. I would be bold in my faith.
Following Christ isn’t a one-foot-in one-foot-out ordeal. The gospel demands our complete devotion, our whole heart. Colossians 3:23 states, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” Revelation 3 also warns us about the importance of not being “lukewarm” in our faith.
Not easy, but worth it. In fact, life-altering. Powerful beyond belief. And filled to the brim with true contentment and joy.
What is holding you back from wholeheartedly following Christ? Here are three major areas in our lives that keep us from wholeheartedly following Christ.
God is No Longer Our First Love
Is Jesus enough? Or does something else captivate you? Our identity is often labeled by all kinds of idols: pride, popularity, achievement, money, our phone, idleness, alcohol, or sexual immorality, to name a few. True contentment can only be found in Christ. Delighting in God’s character is about obedience to Him for who He is, not for the blessing, comfort, or prosperity He could give.
Do you trust God, or listen to the lies of the enemy more? If you are unsure of your purpose, feeding the “never good enough” lie, or are questioning God’s goodness—seek the truth. God has a plan and purpose for your life (Jeremiah 29:11), declares that in Christ we are made righteous (2 Corinthians 5:21) and perfect (Isaiah 1:18), and that He will make everything beautiful in its own time (Ecclesiastes 3:11).
Do you fear man more than you fear God? This may manifest itself in obsession with getting approval from people, the inability to set boundaries in commitments and say “no,” or choosing to comfort someone in their sin instead of speaking truth. Fearing God above man means looking more like Jesus than you do the world.
We Don’t Delight in Following God’s Commandments
Do you delight in living like Jesus? Some of God’s commandments are to abide in His Word (John 8:31), pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17), spend time in praise and gratitude (Isaiah 12:5), walk with the spirit (Galatians 5:16), and obey authority (Exodus 20:12, Romans 13:1-2).
God also respects faithfulness in the little things too (Luke 16:10). He encourages us to pursue an honoring thought life (Philippians 4:8), use our time for His glory (Colossians 4:5), not be legalistic-driven (Colossians 2:20), to rest (Exodus 20:8), examine our life to test that we are in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5), seek wise counsel (Proverbs 15:22), strive for a good reputation (Proverbs 22:1), and to live above reproach (Titus 1:7).
There is No Action or Boldness in Our Faith
Does God’s presence and joy radiate through your life? In James 2:17 it states that faith without works is dead. Boldness in sharing the gospel, intentionality in serving and loving others, and using your talents and skills to give God glory are brilliant examples of a prominent faith.
We are also called to disciple others (Matthew 28:19), display the fruits of the spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), chase humility while letting go of the paralysis of pride (Proverbs 11:2), and to persevere through trial (Romans 5:3-4).
What big dreams has God put on your heart for His kingdom that could be accomplished by having a fearless dedication to living out the gospel through an audacious, bold faith?
In conclusion, I dare you to believe Jesus is enough. To figure out what the main lies are in your life and replace them with the truth from the Bible. To fear God more than you fear man.
I dare you to dig deep in the scriptures. Take some time to just fall on your knees in worship and awe for how good God is. Delight in living like Jesus. Be faithful in the little.
I dare you to radiate God’s presence and joy. To put action behind your faith. And to fearlessly, and wholeheartedly, follow Him.
If you were to be your ideal best self while wholeheartedly following Christ, what is holding you back?
What are you going to do about it?
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