Hebrews 2:1 Wherefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. 2 For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; 3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;
Christianity is not a mere religion of words; lip and no life; talk and no walk; profession and no practice; faith and no works. We are especially vulnerable as American Christians to letting true Christianity slide by us because of God’s goodness to us. His goodness to us has made our lives better and there is nothing wrong with that but there is a danger. The Gospel that brings salvation does not impose anything burdensome or heavy to provide the removal of sin but it is easy and light (Matthew 11:28-30). Whosoever will believe can be yoked with Jesus. Jesus also talked about a life after salvation as a “narrow way,” and a “straight gate,” while warning of false prophets presenting a “wide gate” and “broad way” (Matthew 7:13, 14). The work of God for us through Jesus was a complete and finished work of His grace but our response to what He did for us in Christ is not finished and complete. We can do no work for our salvation but works should come from salvation. There is a life of being a disciple to live and works to do.
Americans like anything made easy. In any area of life someone offers a product, service, or way to do something easy, it is usually met with open arms. Make something easy and Americans will buy it.
Dieting made easy means you can take a pill, eat all want and still lose weight or be thin.
Exercise made easy means you can strap on a device and get exercise even while you sleep.
Make money easy means all you have to do buy these dvd’s on how to get rich in real estate and in no time you’ll be a millionaire.
I certainly am not suggesting that we reject a better way of doing things or an improvement in a product or technology. This vulnerability to looking for what’s easy has sifted over into spiritual things where men of ill design have capitalized on it. They have made salvation and being a Christian easy and Americans love this saved life made easy. By a saved life made easy I mean:
No requirements; no demands; no serving; no tithing or giving; no submitting, only if you want to; no faithful attendance unless it fits your schedule; slack off if you want to and do not worry, you will lose nothing on your way to Heaven; in fact you can be lawless and there’s no consequences. It is an imitation brand of Christianity.
True Christianity isn’t always easy and at times it involves some sacrifice. At other times we may suffer some persecution for a stand for righteousness. Very often it inconveniences us as we adapt our schedule to God’s agenda. He is continually at work in the world around us and to be used of Him will require a willingness on our part to be interrupted. That doesn’t always make things easy. Arriving early and staying late serving in your church isn’t always easy. If your goal in life is comfort and security you will view people in need as problems, a disturbance, and an unwanted interruption. If your goal is to seek first the kingdom of God you will view people in need as opportunities to serve, and the interruption as an invitation from God to join Him in His work.