I Am Your Shield, Your Exceedingly Great Reward
by Dinora Garza
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I woke up the other night with a question on my mind: why is it that some Christians forsake the Lord and fall into sin? How could a Christian exchange a sweet and rewarding relationship with the Lord for a life of sin and misery?
I asked this question to my teenage son about a friend who abandoned his faith in exchange for a worldly life style. His answer couldn’t be more perfect and to the point. He said: “Did he even have that kind of relationship with the Lord?”
My son was right. A Christian cannot lose what he has never had.
The reason why so many Christians abandon their faith is that there was never a meaningful relationship with God in their lives, (because if one has the most satisfying, profound fellowship with God, one will never want otherwise) Their relationship with the Lord would be a shield against temptations and sins offered to them by the world.
The problem is that many sincere Christians think that it is possible to “balance” their spiritual life; they don’t want to be too religious, so they try not to be too holy (so the world will accept them) and then they try not to be too sinful (so God will accept them).
This is, plainly said, Satan’s lie.
There is not a single Christian who could honor the Lord living this kind of life, yet most of us Christians are satisfied and even proud to be able to live in two worlds at the same time.
Remember what the Bible says, “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. It is not possible to honor God and honor Satan at the same time!
God never intended for us to live between two worlds; he calls us to “Be Holy because He is Holy”
Let’s make this personal, and see how you are doing in your Christian life. Let me give you an illustration and after that I’ll ask you a question.
Imagine a man jumping over a ravine. This man represents a Christian. One side is the Kingdom of God and the other is the kingdom of Satan, or the world. He cannot be in both places at the same time, but he can jump from one side to the other at will… right? He chooses to be on the spiritual side on Sunday mornings or when others are looking, but he chooses to be on the world’s side the rest of the week, at the office, or with his friends.
It could seem that this Christian has it all figured out, but see what the Lord says in his Word:
“These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: “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 nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth” (Revelation 3:14-16)
What the Lord is doing here is showing us there are just two options, we can either be cold or hot, just those two options. In my example these would be the kingdom of God or Satan’s kingdom. The moment we lift our feet from the kingdom of God, whether we decide to be between the two cliffs or on to the world, we are already out of His will. There is not a middle place where to stand! That is why the Lord says, “Because you are lukewarm (in the middle) I will vomit you out”. Everywhere outside of his side, is Satan’s side. There is no room for “balancing” in order to gain the world’s acceptance. Once we are looking for the world’s acceptance we have already lost God’s acceptance
A person living like the man of the example is living a lie. His relationship with God is wrong. He is serving two masters: therefore he cannot defeat temptation, nor can he defeat sin. He is in great danger because he doesn’t have a shield to protect him against what the world offers him.
That’s why so many Christians (even pastors) are leaving the faith and embracing sin. They never devoted themselves to the Lord. They were living at the very edge of Christianity.
The solution to this sinful way of life is to get back to God in repentance, choosing Him as our only Master and Lord. This is the right way to relate to Him: knowing God through the regular study of His Word, prayer, separating ourselves from the world and from activities that could lead us to sin against Him, and consistently choosing His will over our will.
If he is our Exceedingly Great Reward, we would never want to leave Him for anything that the world offers to us. We will be protected. He will be a shield for us again a sinful lifestyle and the pain that comes with it. This kind of intimacy between us and the Lord will keep us interested, excited about spiritual things, and complete. That’s what the Bible calls “abiding in Him”. With such a relationship, we won’t need to look in other places for what we already have in abundance.
It is time for you to answer my questions: Does your life reflects His will? Is God your exceedingly great reward?
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