Another Word…by Gus Keiser

July 24, 2017

But I fear that somehow your pure and undivided devotion to Christ will be corrupted, just as Eve was deceived by the cunning ways of the serpent,

                                                                                                                         2 Corinthians 11:3

One of the things I always looked forward to at the end of a worship service was the opportunity to greet people at the door as they were leaving church. While the visits were usually of short duration, it did provide time to gain a snippet of information about what may have been going on in their lives over the past week.  Most of the time, in response to my greeting and my question of “How are you doing;” the response would be the perfunctory “Fine” or “Doing okay”.  But I do remember one person one Sunday morning responding with the words, “Status quo.”

Status quo. Isn’t that the type of life that most of us would like to live? It’s the one we’re drawn toward.  But let’s face it, you and I both know that life is rarely a walk in the park, where the skies are never cloudy, where seldom is heard a discouraging word, and it never rains on our parade.  Granted, status quo appears easier.  It’s the kind of life that doesn’t take courage, risk or passion to live.  It’s the lifestyle where we become comfortable with our small, selfish agendas and don’t want anything to upset our apple carts.  Status quo seems safe.

But there’s a problem with that sort of lifestyle. When you settle for living status quo, your salt begins to lose its flavor and your light begins to dim, and then there comes that gnawing feeling within you that’s telling you that you want something more.  Why?  It’s because you’ve probably settled for something less than what God desires for you.  Jesus didn’t live and die so that we could live status quo.  He came to give us life to the max.  Real life doesn’t begin until we reject the lie that status quo is safe and choose a life of devotion to Christ.

Devotion to Jesus makes people come alive inside. Devotion to Jesus shatters that status quo mindset.  Devotion to Jesus causes people to become real change agents in this world.  Devotion to Jesus is the salt that enhances and preserves our world, and it’s the light that illuminates the darkened corners.  Devotion to Jesus creates peace and joy in your heart and provides contentment in the midst of a crazy economy and a lousy job market.  Devotion to Jesus is the foundation to build your life upon.

We all wish for a strong foundation for our lives. Jesus describes that strong foundation this way: “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock.”

One of the things you’ve got to love about God is that he gives us choices. Yet, the choice is pretty clear: Devotion to Jesus leads to real life built on a solid foundation.  Ignore God and all you’ll end up doing is settling for status quo, placing your life in peril, and facing the danger of collapse.

So, ditch the “quo” and grab the “go”, and go out and live a life filled with the all the excitement God can provide and all the joys of that relationship with your Creator.

God, connect us to that excitement-filled life and not one of ho-hum status quo. Amen.

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