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“YOU’RE A CHRISTIAN: OK. JUST DON’T GO TOO FAR”

“The Spirit of God doesn’t work where there is division, and what we want today is the spirit of unity amongst God’s children, so that the Lord may work.” – D.L. Moody

Have you ever watched elite gymnasts? Gymnasts combine tremendous strength with double-jointedness. If the average person tried to use their body like a gymnast, they would be in traction for a month. The routines get more difficult every year. Sometimes, you have to wonder if it is possible to go too far.

Christians can ask the same question: “Is it possible to go too far?” On the surface, this question seems a little ambiguous. After all, Christians are not doing multiple backflips on a four-inch wood beam.  Can someone take religion too far?  If by “religion” we mean “having a true and growing relationship with God,” then the answer to the question is, “No, you can’t take religion too far.” Can you ever have too much of a genuine and growing relationship with God?

You cannot be too devoted to Christ. You cannot love Him too deeply, read His Word too much, or pray too long, no matter what some people say. Many people have a “you do you” kind of attitude. They don’t care that you’re a Christian, just so long as long as you don’t take it too far.   Their view of Christians going too far is often precisely what we, as believers, should be living. It means going out of our comfort zone to attend to the needs of those around us. It means denying ourselves and taking up our cross daily seems to be taking things too far for many people.  It means praying without ceasing and that God is worth everything to us. Going too far is loving people that most people don’t.

There is no such thing as reading the Bible too much. No human can study the Word of God too much, read it too long, or exhaust its supply of wisdom. It’s the way God speaks to us. God cannot run out of words to tell us, so His Word never can either. And there is no such thing as being too recklessly abandoned to the will of God.

How can you love too much? It is not taking it too far if we follow Jesus’ incredible and somewhat incomprehensible type of love.  Jesus loved people. He loved thieves, prostitutes, and tax collectors, diseased and poor people. He loved people who were devoted to Him and those who were different from Him.

Since the greatest and second greatest commandments are involved in these things, we know they are important to God. So perhaps the best thing we can do today is take an honest, lingering look at the way we love others, decide what needs to be changed, and ask God for the wisdom and courage to do the most loving thing we can do for somebody today.

Discussion Questions:

  1. How do you know when you have taken spiritual things too far?
  2. How do you tell when you haven’t taken spiritual things far enough?

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