Status quo is a Latin term meaning the present current, existing state of affairs. To maintain the status quo is to keep things the way they presently are. There is nothing wrong with the status quo when it pertains to certain areas of our lives. However living a status quo Christian life is totally unacceptable. At least it was during the days of the bible. I can think of many biblical characters who dared to move beyond the status quo of their belief system.
•The woman who knelt and touched the hem of Jesus’ garment so she could be healed. (Luke 8: 43-44)
•John the Baptist preaching in the wilderness.(John 1:23)
•David as he danced before the Ark of the Covenant throughout the kingdom to welcome back God’s presence. (1 Chronicles 15: 29)
•Moses, when God used him through a series of plagues to set the Israelites free. (Exodus 9:14)
I could go on and on but I think you are getting the idea of what I am saying here. We have never been called to live in the cozy Christian comfort zone of life. Believe me the older I get, the harder it is for me to embrace change. But there is one thing about me that many of you by now have learned. I am always willing to do whatever God has called me to do. That does not mean that I have never had those times when my flesh was internally kicking and screaming all the way. When I become unchangeable, God quickly reminds me of the children of Israel in the desert. After a while they were longing for the good old days of slavery, hard work, oppression and dictatorship.
I believe God allows us to see in these scriptures that anytime we long to keep things the way they presently are, we have succumbed to spiritual bondage. When we give into this kind of bondage we stop growing in Christ. I believe Paul knew all about the trap of being one of the status quo when he said,
“Therefore leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God,”(Hebrews 6:1)
I believe Paul is telling us to stop our continuing laying of the foundations of our Christian life and start constructing the building. Most believers have the basics when it comes to living the Christian life. When we refuse to move on building upon the foundation of Christ in our lives our works have become dead. That is why it is ever so important to have a heart of repentance daily. When we repent we are not drawn to live our lives in the status quo, but to build upon the principles that God has already taught us.
There is an old gospel song that says, “The longer I serve Him, the sweeter He grows.” I realize now that this song was written by someone who definitely has left the status quo behind. If we are truly serving God with pure hearts, then we are ever-changing. When Moses came down off that mountain from being with God we could actually see that His appearance had changed. Oh how I long for the kind of move of God that would radically change our hearts, our service, our devotion to Christ. I don’t know about you, but I have decided to let the status quo completely go and become all that God desires me to be.