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Kind of, Sort of
by Steve Countryman
2/22/2014 / Christian Living
That was the phrase that kept going through my mind. It is how we Christians treat our God. We kind of sort of want God in our lives. We place the conditions and restrictions on Him on where and when He is welcomed in our lives. Some Sundays, Easter and Christmas if we're in the mood. Then there are the major crisis times that of course we find time and grant Him access to part of our lives. Kind of sort of sums up all of the limitations that we place not only on our God but on his commands on how we are to live our lives daily. It is as if we have a faith switch on the outside of our Bibles that we flip on and off depending on our mood about believing His Word. Some days more than other days. Sadly the world views most relationships as a kind of sort of relationship. Marriages, friendships and acquaintances are all handled as a kind of sort of. Most marriages lack the commitment and effort needed to make a marriage work. So the marriage vows are more like a kind of sort of marriage than a real " 'til death do us part" marriage.
Who do you know who wants a kind of sort of spouse? Or a kind of sort of best friend. How about a kind of sort of caring parent. Often we expect more from our friends, spouses and relatives in our relationships then we do ourselves. "Of course I'll be there for you if you need me, if I have time, if I feel like it, if I'm not too busy, if I'm in the mood, if I can pencil you in, if I'm not too tired or on my next day off," And everyone gets the same answers from us including God. Kind of sort of!
What if God was a kind of sort of God? Would you want to serve a God who may or may not have time for you? What if He was too busy to hear your prayers? What if He wasn't in the mood to hear you whine and complain one more time about how hard your live is? What if God didn't feel like coming to your rescue. What if God didn't want to spare His One and only Son on a cross for your salvation? What if Jesus felt that going through the scourging for all of our healing just wasn't worth it? What if God only half way answered your prayers maybe? What if God the Father was too busy to send the Holy Spirit to earth after Jesus was raised from the dead? What if all of the Bible was really just kind of sort of the truth and God's promises were also kind of sort of?
God the Father desires a close daily relationship with you without restrictions and limitations. He does not want a kind of sort of relationship but a deep intimate relationship. God desires to be involved in EVERY part of your life every day! In every decision, in every conversation, in every thought, in every action, in every moment of your life. You are constantly on His mind 24/7/365, that is how much God loves you. He chose you before time began for this place and time. Jesus lives in you 24/7 and that is the type of relationship that God the Father wants with His children. Not a kind of sort of relationship but a meaningful deep one full of excitement and adventure.
God can never be a kind of sort of God, thank God! For He is fully God and God always and at all times. God is always victorious, perfect, righteous, Holy, loving, caring, merciful, giving, good, just, sovereign, powerful, awesome, beautiful, faithful and so much more. Kind of sort of might be okay for the world but it falls way short for us His children and should never become the excuse that we have allowed it to be! For we are not of this world and the world should see in us the difference that Jesus paid the price for! We are not here to be a kind of sort of Christian!
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