© by Joyce C. Lock
A Little Bit of Something is Better Than All of Nothing" is a phrase I remember since early childhood. In theory, it sounds logical. I'd rather have a little piece of candy than none at all. Wouldn't we all (unless you're diabetic, allergic or something)?
But in reality, that phrase has very little truth. Though we still believe in its merit, it really means to settle for second best.
So many times, I've seen Christians settle. They settle for mediocrity in their walk, less than prosperity in their finances, a second rate calling when they rejected the first. They settle for a church closer to home, friends that don't place too many restrictions on their lifestyle, a quick prayer instead of quality time with God. They choose the easy road, the low road, the path of least resistance.
As a result, they choose a life of few blessings and even fewer miracles. They choose to barely squeeze through Heaven's gate when they could walk a life of victory now. They choose to leave loved ones behind, to do everything the hard way, to live a life of heartache and despair. They choose to be their own God.
The truth is, a little bit of something isn't worth much at all.
The purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.