How Serious are we about God?

How Serious are we about God?

I do not know about you but there is a distinct difference when I am serious about something and not serious. It is like I am two different people. One thing that I have always taken seriously was sports. When it came to football or basketball losing was not acceptable. Even if it is a pick-up game, I want to win. I make sure I give everything I have to be a great teammate and to ensure victory. I no longer play for any teams but I am still serious when I do play basketball (no more football). Here are a few things I still do because basketball is serious to me:

1. I study my opponent. This might sound silly but I am constantly studying other players, learning their strengths and weaknesses. I know who is a great shooter, passer, slasher or defensive player. I also know who is not great in some areas. So, it gives me an advantage knowing what my opponent can or cannot do great.

2. I stay in shape. I know that I will have a game coming up soon so I consistently workout to stay in shape so I can compete at a high level. That means I lift weights and run so I can do what is necessary to give me and my team the best chance of winning.

3. I practice. If you do not use it you lose it. In order to stay on the cutting edge I must practice my craft to improve and get better.

I know some of you can relate to taking sports seriously or another area in your life seriously. How serious are we about God though? Do we really have the mind to study our opponent (Satan) to know his tricks and schemes against us? To stay in shape through prayer, study of God's Word, and telling others about Jesus. And knowing our spiritual gifts and cultivating them every day.

I am reminded of Ephesians 6:10-20 where Paul encourages us to put on the whole armor of God so we are able to stand in the evil day. Our walk with Christ is serious and should be approached as such. "For we don't fight against flesh and blood but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly place" (Ephesians 6:12). I do not know about you but that is some serious stuff. A lot of us may be losing this fight because we are not serious about it and we think it is not that big of a deal.

So, be honest! Are you really serious about God and the things of God? Can you improve on taking God and His Word serious? God is serious about you and loves you so much that He gave His all for you through Jesus the Christ. If you know you are not serious about God that is okay. But it is not okay to stay there. Go to a Bible preaching a teaching church, study your Bible, and pray! I am here if you have any questions.  

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