“Spiritual death happens one compromise at a time.”
When I was little I loved to sing and do the movements to the Hokey Pokey song. It is a circle dance which has you putting one foot in and one foot out and shaking it all about, as it goes through various body parts. It ends with putting your whole body in and your whole body out. The other day, I thought of this song when I read Titus 1:16a, “They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny Him.” Paul warned Titus of false teachers, those who were rebellious, mere talkers and deceivers. (Titus 1:10) They said they knew God, but their actions showed something completely different.
The first twenty years as a believer I had one foot in the world while the other was in Christian circles. I lived a life full of compromise. It was obvious by my actions, that I loved myself, more than I loved Jesus. I put myself and my desires first, ahead of what God wanted. It was more important to please me than to please the Lord.
Then I heard about lordship, having Jesus be the Lord, not just Savior, of my life. Lordship is displayed as I bow down to God and obey Him. Since then, over the past twenty-six years, I have purposed in my heart to fear the Lord, submit to Him, and obey Him. I’ve wanted to be God’s daughter who walked her talk. I have found the key to sinning less, walking without compromise, and having my actions confirm that I know God. The secret is to fall in love.
The more I love God, the more I will look like God. Just as falling in love is a process in the natural realm, so is falling in love with God. In fact, I will often pray, “God, cause me to fall more madly in love with You.” You please the one you love. So the more I love God, the more I desire to please Him, living a life with no compromise. Now I have my whole body more often in, as well as my mind, will, and emotions. And that’s no hokey pokey!
“One compromise here, another there and soon enough the so-called Christian and the man in the world look the same.”
- Would others describe you as a believer who is “all in,” submitted to the Lordship of Jesus?
- Ask God to cause you to fall more in love with Him so you live without compromise.