Ever met anyone who speaks like a Christian, but lives like they aren’t? How about someone who is very kind, but knows near nothing about Christ other than He died for sinners? Or someone who knows a lot about theology and the Bible, but is as enjoyable as the flu?
Well, this isn’t a problem unique to us today. Charles Spurgeon explains…
I remember once seeing a painting of the resurrection that was one of the most unusual paintings I have ever seen. The artist had attempted to depict the moment when the event was only half done: there were some who were alive down as far as their waists; some had one arms alive; some had part of their heads alive.
The thing is quite possible in our day. There are some people who are only about half alive; they have a living jaw, but not a living heart. Other have a living heart, but not a living brain. Still others have a living eye, so they can see things pretty plainly, but their hearts are not alive; they can give good descriptions of what they see, but there is no warmth of love in them.
May we be altogether alive from the crowns of our heads to the soles of our feet! (Taken from The Soulwinner, page 44.)
May we labor to make sure our churches aren’t filled with half-dead/half-alive people. That looks a lot more like The Walking Dead than the Church of Jesus.
May we be fully alive.