What are we no longer going to tolerate? Well you tell me. I am no longer going to tolerate the way I give in to menial fleshly desires like eating junk food and watching too much Hallmark.You may say that’s a little overboard or extreme and that’s fine. I would never tell you that those are sins. However not doing what you know you ought to is (James 1:7).
I know that those are things that God has instructed me to exercise self control in. The times I justify doing those things because “they aren’t actually bad” is exactly the time those things become sin in my life.
Now let’s talk blatant sin. Sleeping with your girlfriend/boyfriend. Using profanity. Getting drunk.
“Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.”
“Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.”
“Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,”
Ephesians 5:18 NIV
The Word clearly states that each of these things is sin and that children of God don’t purposely live in sin for if you do you are not a child of God (1 John).
So what are you no longer going to tolerate in your life?
Let’s talk spiritual. Going a week without worshipping in your own time outside of church. Only praying over meals and your family’s safety. Reading a 5 minute devotional most of the time and calling that a relationship.
That is not the Christian life. Do you think Paul was beaten and imprisoned and went without because it was a different time then? No. That’s happening today in countries that don’t have religious freedom. It’s because he wouldn’t let anyone tell him that he couldn’t preach Jesus and he was going to tell everyone he could no matter the cost.
If you’ve been saved a week than you are truly a spiritual infant and need the milk of the word. Otherwise, you need to do as Paul urged and move passed the basics (Heb. 6:1).
We were designed as physical and spiritual beings to grow and mature with nurture. How much nourishment do you think your spirit being is going to get from a 5 minute devotional that you’ve been doing for a year?
That’s like only eating a couple croutons everyday and expecting to grow muscle.
I’m not going to tolerate a crouton diet. I’m not going to tolerate mediocrity. I’m not going to tolerate staying in the basics. I’m going to grow today. I’m going to live like Jesus today. Will you join me?