A long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, I wasted my time being a high school student. I skipped classes, did the least amount of work required to skirt by, quit baseball my junior year, earned a Ph.D in passing notes during lectures, and was never able to muster the courage to befriend the girl that I had a two-year crush on.
I had wasted my time as a high school student.
Well, dear Christian, you can do the same with your walk with the Lord. You can waste your time as a Christian. Paul exhorts us to “redeem the time because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:16).
In fact, there are specific things that you can do (or neglect) that will throttle your spiritual life. Here are 10 ways to waste your time as a Christian.
Allow yourself to be bitter against someone who has hurt you. Bitterness will destroy your spiritual life and take others down with you (Hebrews 12:15).
Use your time, your money, and your resources only for yourself and your needs. In other words, live life for yourself (and your immediate family) rather than for others.
Spend little to no time with the Lord in solitude – just you and Him alone. Fill your life with all sorts of other activities. Stay busy.
Neglect reading the Scriptures. They reveal Christ and contain God’s life (John 5:39; 6:63; 2 Timothy 3:16). They are food for your spirit. To neglect them is to starve your spirit. (If the Scriptures have run dry for you, this is a great cure.)
Defame others or misrepresent them or their work (especially fellow believers). Don’t go to them directly if you have a concern or problem and ask them for clarity. Don’t treat them the way you would want to be treated.
Rarely (or never) read books with spiritual depth or listen to Christ-centered messages by other servants of God. Forget the contribution of the body of Christ, past and present. Throw out spiritual education. Live under the delusion that all you need is the Holy Spirit and your Bible.
Have no fellowship or relationship with other believers. Live as a solo Christian. Use the excuse that you can’t find any other Christians who love Jesus like you do.
Let envy and jealousy take hold of your heart and drive your actions. Envy and jealousy is often the root behind slander. Incidentally, countless Christians don’t know what slander looks like and fail to recognize it when it’s right in front of them.
Never learn from your mistakes nor take responsibility for them. Blame others instead. And never apologize to the people you’ve wronged.
Waste every crisis that comes into your life. A crisis is a difficult and unwelcomed opportunity to discover Jesus Christ in a new way. Don’t look for the hand of God behind the crisis and submit to it. Forget James and Peter who both said, “Humble yourself under God’s mighty hand, and He will exalt up” (1 Peter 5:7; James 4:10). Blame God instead.
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