Jesus came down so that everyone who chooses him could be saved. He pulls us out of our sin and gives us new life. Time after time I have failed but He is always there to pick me back up. Isn’t it amazing!?
I often times think to myself if I were a disciple following Jesus would I do this, watch this, listen to this? I think now a days it is so easy to be consumed with the world. We Sometimes don’t even realise the ways it sneaks into our lives. I use to think it was just “going overboard,” but honestly, think about it. I know we live in different times, but the Bible is still the same, God is still the same, and since those things are true we’re still held to all the same standards. The God of the Old & New Testament is still the God of today, He never changes–neither does His word.
Over the years I have gotten caught up on Jesus being my savior, or some distant god who is there, but is so far beyond me. But I forgot about the part of him being the Lord of my life, my friend and my reason for living and breathing. I have to remind myself of his love, mercy and grace. It gets hard not to limit God.
This is the reason why it’s no longer about “going overboard.” This is the reason it no longer seems foreign to question if the things i’m doing are right. It maybe that every other person does it, watches it, or listens to it, but i’m not them. I’ve come to realize that God loves and delights in me so much that He saved me, and called me according to His purpose, and I want to strive to live my life worthy of that calling–not calling into question whether or not I’m going overboard.
2 Samuel 6:21-22 says,
David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the Lord’s people Israel—I will celebrate before the Lord. 22 I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes.
David was right in what He said and often I have to remind myself that I do not strive to please others, but the Lord. There is only one reason we could be that celebratory about something, and it’s because of what Christ has done for us. With the same attitude of thanksgiving and celebration we look more closely at our own lives and ask, “how can I become more undignified for the Lord?” How can I seemingly “go overboard” with how I live my life for Jesus.
We can do this without question and with excitement not only because of what He did for us, but because we are only in this world, not of it.