Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Drifting Spiritually

John Bunyan, author of Pilgrim's Progress as well as other books, gave the following checklist to see if you're drifting spiritually and becoming complacent in your following of Jesus Christ:

1. A forgetfulness of God, and of the reality that we will one day meet Him.

2. A gradual loss of private holiness, private prayer, and the curbing of our lusts and genuine sorrow for sins.

3. Avoiding the company of "lively" Christians. (They appear to be fanatical, but they actually convict us of our own complacency.)

4. A disinterest in public worship. (Even if we attend - maybe even regularly - we're not engaged.)

5. A picking of faults (fault-finding) in others.

6. Association with the godless. (Putting more value in how we appear to non-Christians than to our "fanatical" brethren, or even to God.)

Something to think about. We always have to be on our guard against drifting spiritually - just going through the motions. Remember what Jesus said, "These people worship me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me."


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