Israel has become comfortable in their enslavement. They have come to accept their oppression and their idolatry as the NEW NORMAL. They do not cry because their sin no longer bothers them—they are content living in, like, and for the world. We need to fear being that comfortable with our sin.
John Owen famously said, “Be killing sin or it will be killing you.” One of the most effective ways for the enemy to kill us is to inoculate us to sin—to convince us “it isn’t that bad” or “it isn’t that big of deal.” We become comfortable with the idea of being “pretty devoted or better-than disciples.” After all, we’re not as idolatrous, lawless, or rebellious as Jephthah. We may not be fully devoted, but at least we’re not burning our children on altars.
We have ACCEPTABLE IDOLS representing acceptable sins—just a little greed, just a little unloving, just a little coveting. Consider your own comfort with sin, and your devotion to the LORD or lack thereof. This is not about proving you’re acceptable by listing all the things that you have done or avoided. This is simply asking HOW YOUR LIFE WOULD LOOK DIFFERENT if Jesus ceased your LORD right now. How do you spend your money? What is are your biggest bills? How do you spend your time? Does facebook get five hours a day and God get five minutes? How do you serve your church? The Bible says have become part of a body. What are your excuses for being lame? How do you spend your energy? Do you exert more in planning your vacations or in planning your how you will serve Him? And when is our lack of devotion considered…unfaithful?
Consider your devotion. If you’re desires, your plans, your checkbooks, your time, all that you have SUDDENLY CEASED to be governed by the LORDSHIP of Jesus Christ, would anything change? Would anything change?