Beyond Adequate

(Teacher: Charles Stanley)

Many Christians are content to live an adequate Christian life. They believe that if they go to church, read their Bible occasionally, and say their prayers once in awhile, they are all right with God. Occasionally, they volunteer to serve others in a particular way—perhaps as an usher, a member of a church committee, or a home visitor on an evangelism team—and they consider that ministry as above the norm.

Let me challenge you today. God doesn’t call you or anyone to just an adequate Christian life. He desires to have a daily walking-and-talking relationship with you in which you experience His presence, trust Him for wisdom, courage, and strength, and rely on Him for results—at every step you take, every decision you make, every conversation you have, and every thought you think. The Lord desires to live within you. He desires to communicate to you and through you. He desires to live out His life through your expression of it—a perfect blending of His perfection and your unique talents, traits, and personality.

There is no such thing as an average Christian life. Either you are living a vibrant Spirit-filled life, or you aren’t. You are in forward motion or in a pause position. You are living in the fullness of the Holy Spirit, or you aren’t.

Make a decision today to choose the Spirit-filled life. That’s within your prerogative and will to do. God will not force Himself on you or force Himself to operate within you. He works by invitation only. He won’t overstep the boundaries of your will.


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