I took dance lessons-ballet and tap-between the ages of nine and eleven. Since that last recital at the age of eleven, I have not had any further training nor have I danced in such a way. Based upon this information, you would be correct in concluding that I am not a dancer. How could I be? Two and a half years of lessons as a child does not a dancer make. I also have a B.A. in drama. I acted in high school, college and did a couple of shows post college, the last one being over ten years ago. I have made no effort whatsoever to do any theater/acting since that last show. You would also be correct in assessing that I am not an actor, despite my degree and training.
The same goes for being a Christian. So you came forward at ten years old, and was even baptized, but at the age of eighteen you left all that church stuff behind to “sow your wild oats” in college. Thing is, you’ve now been out of college for too many years to count and your oat sowing is still as strong as ever. Or maybe you’ve “settled down” but still haven’t given any more thought to the commitment you made so many years ago.
Being a Christian means you abide in Christ. He is your Lord, and your Savior. He is the Authority in your life and, like Paul, your motto is “To live is Christ, to die is gain“. Sure, you’ll make mistakes. You’ll sin. You’ll fail. But the difference is: You Don’t Want To and when you do you fall at the foot of the cross, repent and turn away from that sin. You understand God’s grace all the more and are so grateful for it. So Grateful!
We are called to be holy and separate, to abhor even the appearance of evil. Jesus says if we love Him, we will keep His commandments. We love Him (and thus keep His commandments) because He first loved us.
We all must make an assessment of our lives. Are we living for Christ? Is He the Authority? Do we feel His presence and talk with Him? Do we listen when He speaks? What kind of fruit are we producing, if any?
While I am 36 and can safely make the assumption I will never be a Prima Donna, you don’t have to continue on your wayward path. Jesus is still waiting, with open arms, to embrace you back into fellowship with Him.
If you aren’t sure what you believe anymore, ask Him to show Himself to you. He’s not going to be offended by that request. I’m certain that, if you sincerely seek Him, you will find much more than you ever expected.
Time is short. The decision is always YOURS. Don’t delay. Midnight approaches.
Blessings and Maranatha,