- If I were to comb through my life and look for all the areas I were and were not in allegiance with Christ from a biblical standpoint, what would that look like?
- Am I loyal and truly committed to Him in all things?
- Am I willing to forsake anyone or anything that causes me to compromise that allegiance no matter the sacrifice?
- Do I truly give Him the final word in all my decisions?
- Does my life really represent Him biblically?
Christ followers should ask themselves these questions periodically. You’re following Christ, but his toes are sore because you keep stepping on them, running ahead of Him and wanting to do it your way.
Many find it difficult to have allegiance to Christ because that means forsaking all things that seem good and/or appealing. It means being left out if we are truly going to be on His side. Yes, it means we have to pick a side. That part is not popular. We want to be able to do, be, go, see, and partake of anything we find pleasing and stamp Jesus on it to legitimize it. That may wash with us, our family, community and friends, but not with our God. He demands complete loyalty. He will not accept our idolatry. Study the old testament and the plight of the children of Israel. They were always wandering off by exalting something above God. Compromise our faith to partake of anything, that is idolatry. Something has become more important than pleasing God. We can’t measure our allegiance to Christ by simply showing up to a building a couple times a week and doing good works. His living word must be the standard.
- Look at that passage, “Broad is the way that leads to destruction,” so why are we so surprised, disagreeable, and easily misguided when we can’t partake in many things this world has to offer?
- Why do we gloss over many passages in scripture that testifies to this truth?
We do not belong here if we are His. This earth is not our home. We are merely representatives of Christ, His Ambassadors. Then why do we get annoyed and offended when a devout believer reminds us we should not partake in Halloween, interfaith movements, tarot cards, horoscopes, other faiths that deny the deity of Christ, etc? Why are we surprised that Christ is not pleased with these things? What part of narrow do we not understand? What will it take for us to learn that we can’t take things of a pagan world, oppositional stance to God, and/or blasphemous roots; stamp Jesus on it and somehow it will be sanctified and God will be pleased (Deuteronomy 18:9-14/Acts 19:19/1 Samuel 15:23).
We can’t baptize the things of satan. God saves people not practices. He commands us to come away from anything that does not glorify Him. He does not command us to make things that are unholy holy. His word says, “obedience is better than sacrifice (1 Samuel 15:22).” You see here in
1 Peter that, we are referred to as A Royal Priesthood, A Holy Nation, His Own Special People, Sojourners, Pilgrims, etc… We are to stand out in the world, not conform. Therefore, again, why are we so surprised and let down in our hearts that we are to abstain from many participations/practices of secular and worldly traditions and/or movements? Have we an identity crisis? Do you not understand who you are? Stop trying to sanctify the unholy with your sentiments and good intentions. It will never work, according to scripture. When we have a willing heart to be in allegiance to Christ, He replaces whatever we have felt we lost with things even greater! He will not leave us wanting. Do we trust him?
I believe the major problem is biblical ignorance. Most “christians” do not know or truly understand what the bible teaches in its totality and proper context about what a follower of Christ really looks like. Many go to church, go to conferences, read books ABOUT the bible, milky devotionals and draw from their feelings and/or experiences without measuring all the aforementioned in light of scripture. This approach leads many to a watered down humanistic version of what it means to follow Christ. How can you have allegiance or choose a side when you cannot properly identify or define what your side is or represents? You can’t and you won’t. Go back to a scriptural description of a believer and let that be your guide and standard. If we follow man we will always vere off. Make sure your actions in your life match your profession. You must pick a side. I pray you choose the narrow path.
Revelation 3:15-17New King James Version (NKJV)
15 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot,[a] I will vomit you out of My mouth. 17 Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked—