Many of us recognize this widely quoted scripture that takes place in the Gospel of John 3 between Nicodemus and Jesus Christ. Nicodemus is being instructed on the only way a man may be able to freely enter into the Kingdom of God, by being born again, and as many of us have often heard, to be born again is to confess (by mouth) the Lordship of Christ as Your Lord and Personal Savior. In mainstream America, there comes a level of familiarity that is often associated with repetitive information, though sometimes useful. Unfortunately, the Gospel has become one of the many associates that often suffer from such root.
Too often times have I witnessed, and have participated in at some point in my life, lukewarm Christianity. The kind of Christianity that daily scolds Christ, rather than embraces His sacrifice; the lifestyle that remains silent to sin in order to be accepted; or rather, a religion only identified by checking off a box marked “Christian”, yet never developing an intimate relationship for yourself with Your Father. Christianity has become the new thing, the only thing that makes sense, yet doesn’t really require too much of a commitment.
When recently speaking with a friend, we examined our own lives first before speaking on the depths of what it means to be sanctified, sold and devoted to Jesus. Nowadays, correction or reproof is identified as being judgmental, so silence is favored so that no one is offended. Where is the Gospel in that? What happened to “Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven”, “confess your sins one to another…” (Matt 6:10, James 5:16). What happened to enduring persecution for righteousness sake for the inheritance of the Kingdom. Has the death of Jesus been so martyred that even Christians are oblivious. Nicodemus, a Pharisee, recognized the Master by showing great respect when he called him Rabbi, (meaning teacher).
He respected the teachings of Jesus! But how sad is it that we, who have been called His own, are blind to the death penalty that He endured for the sake of mankind. Rather than be the called out ones, we choose to be a people who crucify Him daily, yet lift holy hands on Sunday; a people who listen to worldly music more than feeding on the scriptures; a nation whose god is daily horoscopes; and a cultivated mindset who accepts gender confusion for the sake of equality. Not only has “the god of this world blinded the minds of them which believe not”, believers are now gladly blending in with the world, yet staying just an arm’s length away in order to still qualify as being saved. We must do better! We must get back to the days of radical riots for Jesus, back to the days of praying in the midnight so prisoners can hear us like Paul & Silas, we must go back to the days of being unapologetically Christian and most importantly, we must become unconcerned with the affairs of this world! Our treasure is in Heaven, and just as “he who sits in heaven shall laugh”, we must remain joyful knowing that one day we too will smile when the world fades away. We must live for Christ!
Someone once said “If you truly love God, you will obey His commandments which is life If you don’t care about God, He will obey your will which is death”
Judgment day will bring a harsh reality to humanity when they realize that religion will not allow entry into the Kingdom of Heaven.