The Danger of ‘Active Christianity’

Take a moment and allow a heart check-up.

James Houston:

This century is possibly the first one in which action has been emphasized and valued more than contemplation. Today we do things. We think contemplation wastes time, produces nothing, and bumps awkwardly into our schedules. Devotional reading is a questionable priority for most successful people today.

But are we “successful” Christians if we are so busy organizing and propagating the Christian faith that we really do not know God personally or intimately? Christian devotional reading helps us find intimate union with God. What is the motivation? To love God with all our heart, mind, and will.

(Taken from The Best in Theology, p. 269)

As Jesus said:

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you…'” Matthew 7:21-23

Actions do speak louder than words, but they’re empty without the reality of personal love for Christ beneath them. Make sure Martha doesn’t kick Mary out (Luke 10:38-42).

About Dana Dill

I'm a Christian, husband, daddy, pastor, professor, and hope to be a friend to pilgrims on their way home.
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