Being on cruise control as a Christian means being idle with no continuous acceleration relative to our attempts to GROW in our faith and subsequently become more like Christ Jesus. We can be very, very active in ‘church activities’ and human charitable endeavors and yet be totally neglecting our DUTY to draw nearer to God and Jesus. In other words, we are quite ‘religious’ but not Spiritual.
Being ‘religious’ not only enables us to remain comfortably and effortlessly human but relieves us of the burden and agony of denying ourselves of those human traits and habits that keep us from becoming more like our Savior, as well as from ENJOYING the glorious and wonderful “fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22).
Even worse, being on cruise control is synonymous with being ‘lukewarm’ and we know what Revelation 3:15-16 says about how our Father and Christ view the ‘lukewarm’ Christian and what will happen.
We are continually admonished to ACTION and ACCELERATION:
– “hunger and thirst” for righteousness (Matthew 5:6)
– “seek” first the Kingdom of God (Matthew 6:23)
– “pursue” righteousness and faith (1 Timothy 6:11)
– “draw” near to God (James 4:8)
– make all “grow” into Him (Ephesians 4:15)
– “fight” the good fight of faith (1 Timothy 6:12)
– “be fervent” in spirit (Romans 12:11)
– “slaving” for the Lord (Romans 12:12)
– “be zealous” for the greater graces (1 Corinthians 12:31)
And the list goes on to show that we should NEVER become idle (on cruise control) and ‘lukewarm’ as Christians. ‘Practicing the presence of God’ (please refer to the Category/Post by that same title) is one of our ABSOLUTE BEST ways to avoid this.
Oswald Chambers writes in his “My Utmost For His Highest” ( http://utmost.org/the-patience-to-wait-for-the-vision/ ) :
“It is a bad thing to be satisfied spiritually. We are apt to look for satisfaction within ourselves and say, “Now I’ve got it! Now I am completely sanctified. Now I can endure.” Instantly we are on the road to ruin. Our reach must exceed our grasp. Beware of the danger of spiritual relaxation.”
And again, he writes in his article at http://utmost.org/are-you-obsessed-by-something/ : “The total being of our life inside and out is to be absolutely obsessed by the presence of God.”
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Of course, there is one obvious exception to this analogy. If we set our control to cruise on the MAXIMUM of “loving the Lord your God with your WHOLE heart, and your WHOLE soul, and with your WHOLE comprehension” (Matthew 22:37)….then we are good to go!!