The Boring Christian Life
Going to church on Sundays to be a good person, reading the Bible every night before bedtime so God can be pleased, staying away from gangster rap music because listening to cussing is not what good Christians do… These are all perfect examples of how to be a boring Christian. And no, I’m not saying that we should do the opposite of all the above, but what I’m talking about is the motivation behind all the above.
When I was younger, I was a good Christian boy who struggled with trying to be a good person because, let's just face it, trying to be a good Christian boy or girl isn’t something any healthy person wants to be. Christianity isn’t a behavioral modification program, it’s a love relationship with a Savior which compels us to change the world through the power of His radical love.
As a kid, I wanted to do the right thing and go to church, read my Bible, and follow all the ten commandments because I knew that was the right thing to do, but there was something inside of me that felt dead doing all those things, and I didn’t know why.
Because I didn’t know how to be a good Christian and also be “cool,” I struggled for many years trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life and also trying to decide whether or not I really wanted to follow Jesus completely or not. After many years of living a boring purposeless Christian life, I stopped going to church. Shortly after that, God spoke to me through two customers while I was at work.
Those two customers told me that Jesus not only had the authority to heal the sick, but He still has the authority to use us today to heal the sick. They told me that they had prayed for cancer to disappear in certain people, and the people they prayed for told them that after their prayer, their doctor could not find cancer. They told me that tumors would shrink right before their eyes when they commanded the tumors to dissolve in the name of Jesus.
As unbelievable as this sounded, I decided to start going to church again, their church, to see whether or not they were telling the truth. As the years went on, Jesus used me to heal people’s headaches, scoliosis (back pain), heal and reverse permanent nerve damage, etc. Once I learned, through personal experience, that Jesus still wants us to heal the sick, raise the dead, and cast out devils (Matthew 10:8), I realized that there is nothing boring about the real Christian life!
If Jesus’ love for us is so scandalous that He’s willing to love us in the middle of our mess, why would I want to go to nightclubs and hurt my relationship with Jesus and myself by doing something that will only hurt me more in the long run? Why would I want to lie, steal, cheat, or do anything that will contribute to the downfall of humanity?
Our motivation to be obedient to Jesus isn’t based on fear or religious rules, but it’s motivated by a love for Jesus that’s so strong that we’re will to go back to the night clubs, the red light district, or the Middle East to show the kindness and love of Jesus to the people there who need it the most!
Or do you show contempt for the riches of His kindness, forbearance, and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance (Romans 2:4)?
Since Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8), and Jesus told us we will do even greater works than He did as long as we believe (John 14:12), I knew the real Christian life was what I wanted to live.
The boring Christian life is focusing on trying to follow all the Christian rules so that we can be secure in a self-righteous pride that is opposite of the person of Jesus (read Mark 12:38-40), but the real Christian life is about being so in love with Jesus that we destroy the works of hell, take the drug addicts and prostitutes out of the darkness, and lead them into the Kingdom of Heaven.