The Christian Recliner
Is there such a thing as putting too much trust in God? This is something I experienced and just woke up from the Christian Recliner. I pray this blesses you and wakes anyone else up from being asleep as a Christian..
I’ve put things that are my responsibility on His plate to handle.. i.e. “Whew.. there ya go God.. I can’t do this. I have faith in you to do this work in me! Praise the Lord!” – and what I’ve done is went overboard. I put things that were my responsibility on His plate. What happened? There was a misunderstanding of some recent studies on absolute surrender to God.
The Christian recliner I’m referring to is when we fail to take responsibility in areas that are ours to be owned. We are responsible agents and play a huge role for the Lord’s work in our salvation. He’s the author and finisher of it.. The Word doesn’t say, “He’ll do it all.. sit back and relax in your cozy Christian recliner.” We have responsibilities, according to His Word, that cannot be ignored. In the Word, we find many responsibilities that we have as Christians. Our conduct, attending Church, reading the word, praying, confessing and repenting, striving towards the goal, etc.
For instance, we must exercise our will to repent from sin. I have said things like, “God, you do this work of repentance in my life. *ahh* much better. *Whew!* Now I’m at peace.. It feels so great to get this burden off of my shoulders. “His yoke is easy, and His burden is light.” – Hallelujah! Amen! Awesome, I don’t have to do anything, He’s got it! You’re the Vine! I’m the branch! I just kick back.. you and the Father will do this work in me.” – The Christian Recliner.. giving our responsibilities as a Christian up to God (or ignoring them all together). It feels great.. peaceful.. all ends up feeling really really good. I felt a huge spiritual uprising in my life.. All was going great! The problem? The evidence proved that nothing happened, no change. Why? Because I completely ignored my responsibilities..
We have to be wise and watchful as Christians.. not sitting back in a recliner, snoozing away. We can’t continue to do the same thing, over and over… and expect something to change. It won’t. If things aren’t changing, I need to always go to God and say, “What am I missing? Why isn’t this work of purification happening in ___ area in my life? I know it’s your good will for me and you wouldn’t withhold such a thing in my life.. so what am I missing? What am I not doing that I should be doing? Or, what am I doing that I shouldn’t be doing?”
…and He said, “You’re missing your responsibilities. Repent. Get in the Word. Pray.” – Get out of your recliner Christian.
Hebrews 12:2-4 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, unless you be wearied and faint in your minds. You have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.