Going Through The Motions
All of us are guilty of simply going through the motions at one time or another. Maybe it is at work and we are doing what we have to do to get by. Perhaps it is at home and we are present but not really involved.
This idea of going through the motions is one that can impact our daily Christian lives as well. I confess to all of you, that as I look back I find many instances of this.
There were times I would read the Bible just to say I read it, but not really to gain from it. There were times that I would pray, just to say I did it and not as an act of worship to the Lord. There were times when I would go to church, and not listen because I was too stubborn and thought that I knew it all.
Many I have spoken with have gone through the same motions.
We are very quickly approaching Easter. This is the time of year where we remember the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I describe Easter as the Super Bowl, because without the resurrection our faith is in vain (1 Corinthians 15:14).
Today’s verse is taken from Matthew’s account of the passion of Christ, and the question being asked is being asked of us today. What then should we do with Jesus, who is called the Christ?
The great 20th century apologist C.S. Lewis once wrote, “Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to”.
Either Jesus is Lord of our lives or he is not.
If he truly is, then going through the motions is not an option. Will we make mistakes along the way? You bet. But we can go to him confess our sins and we will be cleansed (1 John 1:9).
What will it be my friends?
Lord Jesus I am sorry for the times that I was simply going through the motions when it came to you. You are Lord and I want you to be in full control. Help me and mold me to accomplish your will for my life.