I was confronted with that question recently (as in last night). The reality is that I am.
If anyone had asked me before last night I would have honestly responded that I have a very close relationship with God, that I speak to Him several times daily and he directs my path. While it is true, I can do more…a LOT more.
I was on Twitter (when am I NOT on Twitter is the question smh) and around 2 AM one of my followers, @bcrease tweeted something that spoke to me.
“It’s one thing to believe in God, and another to serve Him; It’s an even greater thing to please Him.”
Of course after reading that I analyzed where I fit in that sentence as it relates to my own relationship. While I’d love to say that I please God, I know that is not truthful. Nor is it honest to say that I fully serve him. Ouch. I do believe in God however and I find myself striving every day to serve Him more than I did the day before.
Sometimes this Christian walk seems so trying and difficult, does it not? There is no question that God requires much of us if we are to identify ourselves as Christians, to be Christ-like. Of course he gives of Himself exceedingly in return and the sacrifice is more than worth it. God’s demands aren’t unjustified.
My primary role on Earth is to promote this Christian lifestyle and it gets so frustrating that I can become so easily distracted. It’s no wonder why other faiths don’t always take Christianity as seriously as it deserves. We seem so fickle. As I have been known to say, I would definitely feel some kind of way about a Muslim who didn’t stop what they were doing to pray several times a day and ate pulled pork sandwiches drenched in barbeque sauce. As a result I understand why one would want to give me the side-eye when I’m engaged in less-than-desirable behavior and want to follow it up with, “Oh well, God knows my heart…”
While I do desire to please Him and have “good intentions,” I’ve got to be real with myself…the road to Hell is paved with all mine, and everyone else’s, good intentions. Intentions are rarely good enough among my peers…they surely don’t fly when it comes to God.
I’m embarking on a new chapter of my life and I can’t go forward in it all while I’m making the same mistakes from yesteryear. Tomorrow is not promised. I’ve got to do better by Christ, and be a better Christian, today.