We all make mistakes. But thank God that He can take our faults and turn them into beauty and work out all bad situations for His glory (Romans 8:28)!
This list is by no means exhaustive. It is simply a list of my mistakes, common mistakes, and a few mistakes submitted to me when I asked for some input from some readers. I’d love to have your input too! Leave a comment below with a mistake not listed.
1. Move Christ from Being Lord to Being a Label
As humans, we live in a world driven by materialism and consumerism. We find ourselves in a culture that defines our relationships and actions primarily through consumption.
When we approach Christianity as consumers, Christianity becomes just one more brand we consume.
The result? Jesus is demoted from Lord to a label.
The biblical idea of sacrifice, serving, and obedience to Christ are then far outside of reality.
2. Becoming a Convert Instead of a Disciple
I think the Church is great at making converts, but I am not so sure about how good we are at making mature Disciples of Christ. This leads to a lack of mature disciples.
Some years ago, AW Tozer, expressed his “feeling that a notable heresy has come into being throughout evangelical Christian circles – the widely accepted concept that we humans can choose to accept Christ only because we need him as saviour and that we have the right to postpone our obedience to him as Lord as long as we want to.” He then goes on to state – that salvation apart from obedience is unknown in the sacred scriptures.
Discipleship is key to Christianity and shouldn’t be viewed as optional.
3. Earning Grace vs. Seeking to Receive Grace
Many Christians use the grace excuse for their slothfulness. It sounds something like this:
“Well Jesus has done everything and I don’t want to sin by getting over into a works program.”
And so they sit warming the pew, Sunday after Sunday, and that’s their entire contribution to the Kingdom of God.
The reality is that having been found by God, we must then become seekers of an ever fuller life in Him.
“Grace Is Not Opposed to Effort, but to Earning” – Dallas Willard
We need to understand that Spiritual Formation is an active term. Acts 2:42-47 it illustrates this point:
All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals, and to prayer.
The early church disciples “devoted themselves”. They were passionate disciples, not impassionate converts.
4. Practicing Selective Theology
Another common mistake we all make is when we choose the bits in the Bible that we want to ascribe value to and the other bits we choose to ignore.
We come up with crafty theological arguments that prove that we don’t really have to live by a particular part of the Bible. Then, BOOM! A new denomination is born!
The problem with selective theology is that it leads to spiritual deformity, an army of unarmed Christians.
5. Aspiring vs. Doing
I can aspire to have a great prayer life…or I can make sure that I spend at least 5 minutes in prayer a day and have a backup plan in case I miss those 5 minutes. Do you see the difference?
Picture a board with a list of things you say that you believe in.
Then ask yourself: “Does my life actually prove that I believe in this?”
If not, cross it off the list of things you believe and make a new row: things you aspire to believe.
When we aspire instead of do, we turn from relationship to rules. But we were created for relationships!
So we trade our fullest relationship with God for imposters to fulfill the longings of our heart.
6. Speaking negative
The tongue is powerful (James 3:2-6).
It’s so easy to speak what we see. It’s much harder to see the good in others and speak it forth.
Living in an imperfect world makes it easy to spot faults and problems. But Christians are called to be positive and to have a spirit of self-control (2 Timothy 1:7).
7. Serving Out of Our Own Strength
It’s easy to get caught up in meeting needs instead of waiting and praying for the right place to serve.
Serving in an area that God did not call us to serve in causes us to rely on our own strength and force things to happen.
God has equipped us and called us all to serve Him, but we need to rely on Him for guidance, direction, and strength to do it.
Ask yourself a simple question:
“Is my dream is to ________, or is my dream is to be used by God; in His ways and in His timing?”
Mistakes and Glory
Again, remember that if you do/are doing one of these mistakes, God has grace for you!
God wants to turn your mistakes into glory!
Don’t get bogged down or depressed! Confess your mistake and let God’s grace empower you to see it and overcome it.
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