If you’re like me, you grew up in the church. You learned Christianese as your second language, you have the “good kid” routine down to a science, and somewhere along the line, you displaced heart with action. This wasn’t something that happened overnight and it wasn’t even necessarily intentional or malicious – you may have just had the desire to be close to God, saw other folks who were, and rather than develop an intimate relationship with Him, just started acting like they did, hoping one day you would arrive on the same plane.
Well as we now know, it just doesn’t work that way – action apart from heart is meaningless, and in this case, quite harmful. The dilemma, though, is that we now have these negative habits and motivations ingrained. These suckers hold on, too. And in my experience, change starts not by sitting there and muttering “no, no, no”, but by marinating in the sweet basic truths of the gospel.
To that end, a friend just directed me to an incredible article that I would recommend to you, as well. Come with me as we toss the guilt of our sin aside, rest in Jesus’ work on the cross, and live radically committed lives for Him as a result.