Friday, May 1, 2015

Are you revving the engine, but getting nowhere?

God is calling us out of spiritual neutral and into overdrive.


By Dr. DAN ERICKSON


So many Christians I meet have just enough of God to be dangerous.
Wilbur Reese expressed it best: “I would like to buy $3 worth of God, please. Not enough to explode my soul or disturb my sleep, but just enough of Him to equal a cup of warm milk or a snooze in the sunshine … I want ecstasy, not transformation. I want the warmth of the womb, not a new birth. I want a pound of the eternal in a paper sack.”

For many Christians, their spiritual experience is a transaction, not a transformation. It is a checklist, not a changed life.

They lack what I call a “Greater Yes!” This is a divine yet personal calling that generates passion and action within us. It makes us unstoppable.

Without this “Yes!”, our lives are stuck in neutral.

When my dad was teaching me to drive, one lesson in particular stands out. I was revving the accelerator with sound and fury, but there was no movement. “The car doesn’t work,” I told him.

Dad smiled and pointed to the shift: “It’s in neutral.”

How are we doing? Are we succeeding at what doesn’t ultimately matter? Are we spending our lives accumulating stuff that will wear out and fall apart? Or are we giving our lives for God’s eternal kingdom and cause?

Shifting into spiritual overdrive can be a once-in-a-lifetime decision, such as re-dedicating your life to Christ. But it must also be a daily decision. Each day has the opportunity for God, through us, to take spiritual ground. Or we can spin in the mud. Remember: None of us are ever “ready” to shift. In our human weakness, we will fail. But when we give God our empty “tanks,” He will fill us and begin the journey.

I am privileged to be a part of ministering to Native American children in the Southwest. These truly are “the least of these,” largely forgotten by the church, missionaries and the government.

I was explaining this need to a millionaire and asked if he would consider contributing $2,000 toward Christmas toys. He said, “I could give you $100,000, but I won’t, because I know what you’ll do with it. You’ll give it away.”

Saddened, I said, “What you call a ‘giveaway’ I call ‘investing’ for eternity.” No check was written.

It doesn’t matter how much money, talent or education we have if we never “give it away.” God is calling us to shift out of spiritual neutral and mediocrity into high gear.

“There is no neutral ground in the universe; every square inch, every split second, is claimed by God and counter-claimed by Satan.” – C.S. Lewis

When you look at your life, where are you stuck? What are you doing with what God has given you? Don’t say you have nothing, because Jesus did a miracle with a little kid’s lunch. He can do the same with you and me. Take your loaves and fish and hop in the car.

Let's make the shift into God’s plan and purpose for our lives and imagine the possibilities!