Spiritual mediocrity is NOT the desire of God for your life!

Jesus didn’t save your life to make it worse, but to make it better! (John 10:10)

With that thought, I’ve witnessed so many people languish in a half hearted Christianity, whereby they have an affinity to Jesus, but whose lives do not reflect the transformation that leads to the best life possible.

If only they knew that living all out for God is the BEST thing that you can do for yourself! I encourage you to let go of all your inhibitions and give your all to Jesus.

Here are three points to live a life that God desires you to live:

#1- Surround yourself with people who you want to be like.

My mom used to tell me “Tell me who your friends are, and I’ll tell you who you are going to be.” Although her purpose was to keep me away from the bad influences at school, the same can be applied to church life. In fact, the Apostle Paul states something similar:

Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” 1 Corinthians 15:33

Churches are full of different people. Don’t make the mistake of hanging out with the guy who is always complaining, speaks bad about people, and who makes himself the expert on all things religious when in reality they don’t do anything. Eventually, no matter how noble your intentions, that person is going to negatively affect your spiritual life.

Choose people who love God and love life. Associate yourself with people who have faith and desire to be who God has called them to be. Success breeds success, and in this context, success is following God the way he wants to be followed.

#2- Understand that your spiritual life is your responsibility.

When we fail in life, the first response is usually to blame others. It’s difficult to be self accountable. But spiritually we need to understand that no one (including my spouse, pastor, kids, etc) is responsible for my life. I choose whether I will obey God or languish in spiritual mediocrity.

#3- Understand that your work is not in vain.

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 15:58

Understand that everything you do is for God and not for us. He is the one who will reward us for our labor!

I know that in the past I’ve been discouraged by lack of recognition. I’ve felt as though no one was appreciating my hours in youth ministry or as a pastor. And truthfully, if you are in ministry, very few will understand how difficult it is to serve in the church.

But God is always watching! And God knows how to bless much more abundantly than man (see Matthew 7:11). Don’t get discouraged!