Choosing God over the world
I’m going to be straight forward. If you are a Christian you have to choose God over the world. You cannot have one foot in the world and one foot in God.
When I go swimming I like to check out the water first. I’ll stand next to the pool and I’ll dip one foot in to get a feel for how the water is that day. Sometimes, I’ll just sit at the edge of the pool and put my legs in the water leaving the remainder of my body dry.
I feel like this is the way a lot of people approach Christianity. Instead of diving head first into a relationship with God we are slightly dipping in our feet to create a balance between the two worlds. “Yea, I’m a Christian but, I would like the security of the outside of the pool because I don’t know exactly what the inside of the pool has to offer.”
This is not how God operates. God is not a part-time God. 1 Kings Chapter 18 is a perfect example of that. In 1 Kings we are introduced to Elijah the Tishbite. According to James 5:17 Elijah was just an ordinary Joe Schmoe like all of us. But, when you look at 1 Kings Chapter 17 and 18 you see an ordinary man who was willing to dive into God’s plan head first.
Check it out:
- Elijah confronted a pagan king and told him it wouldn’t rain for three years. It didn’t.
- Elijah was fed by ravens.
- Elijah prayed and had a boy brought back to life.
- Elijah confronted 450 prophets with a Survivor style of competition. They got some wood and an ox. The first god to light the wood and ox on fire wins. The loser is voted off the island i.e. dies.
- Elijah soaked his wood and ox in 12 barrels of water and prays. Everything in the general area was incinerated and God was glorified.
- Elijah prayed and ended the drought.
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Elijah forgoes his safety, his security, his routine, his comfort, and his doubt. Elijah didn’t have time to just dip his feet into a relationship with God. He jumped in head first and God provided. He jumped in head first and God protected. He jumped in head first and God answered.
God will provide for you.
God will protect you.
God will answer your prayers.
Imagine if God didn’t provide, protect, and answer. Elijah would have been killed when he confronted the king. Elijah would have starved. Elijah would have buried a child instead of raising him from the dead. Elijah would have been killed by the 450 prophets of Baal.
What is holding you back from choosing God over the world? Maybe you’re scared to choose God because of your finances or uncertainty of the future. God will provide you with what you need. (Philippians 4:19) Maybe you’re scared of what people will say or think of you. God will protect you from your enemies. (Psalm 59) Maybe you’re not sure if you can handle what God throws your way. God will answer your prayers. (1 John 5:14-15)
Elijah was a man just like you and me. When he dove head first into faith God provided, protected, and answered. He will do the same exact thing for you. So, dive in.