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Dissatisfied with Your Christian Life?

In Perspective, Soul Food on November 22, 2011 by The Spillover

Dissatisfied with your Christian life?

First read James 1:26-27:

If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.

Then consider these words from Dick Lucas, Rector Emeritus of St Helen’s Bishopsgate in London, England:

If any Christian is in danger of getting a swollen head about their Christian condition, take James 1:26-27 twice a day for three weeks, and you’re certain to be cured. Because whenever I look at those two verses I feel very dissatisfied. And, by the way, don’t be depressed about being dissatisfied with your Christian life. That’s normal. I was saying that at our [recent] businessmen’s evangelistic talk: ‘The man who is not regenerate, the man who is not born again, is satisfied about his religion’s condition, isn’t he? He’s quite satisfied; and he’s dissatisfied about his material position: always wanting more, always wondering why he doesn’t have what others have.’

When we’re converted that’s marvelously turned the other way around. It’s one of the real signs of the new birth. On the material level we’ve become much more contented, much more restful. But on the spiritual side we’ve become very dissatisfied. It’s actually one of the marks of being a genuine Christian.

So as you read James 1:26-17 and find that you’re very dissatisfied with your Christian life, that’s a sign of health, of growth. Because James is out to shoot down those who are self-satisfied.

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