Summary: We’re no longer under the reign of the enemy - Christ is victorious through the Cross.
The devil wants us to be spiritual couch potatoes.
He wants us to be satisfied and content with mediocrity.
He doesn’t want us to dream radical dreams, to think revolutionary thoughts, to think of the impossibilities becoming possibilities.
The devil wants us to pursue prosperity, security and comfort without having any thought toward Christ being glorified in our lives.
What’s the tactic, you may ask, that the devil uses to get our eyes off of the radical, the revolutionary and the seemingly impossible?
It’s failure. Our own personal failures and the guilt that follows them. Satan uses the guilt from our own failures to condemn us, to make us feel unworthy of the calling, to tear us down, to add weight to our hearts. Eventually we become so weighed down that we give up. We become apathetic towards faith. Toward ministry. Toward fellowship. Towards God. It’s the reason why some Christians feel they have nothing to offer others – the reason why they don’t serve, the reason why they don’t take risks, the reason why they don’t get baptized, go on missions trips, become a missionary, lead someone to faith at school or the office, or mentor a younger believer.
The ultimate is what George Verwer, past president of the missions agency Operation Mobilization, calls the spiritual couch potato. It is a life once lived as a passionate follower of Christ, who now is a Christian by name only. Having experienced the excitement and awe of knowing God on a personal level, they have forsaken that fellowship with the Almighty, their Creator, for a lonely fellowship of self – a life of loneliness, self-serving apathy and lack of eternal purpose. Sure, they still have salvation, but barely. To live 20, 40, 60 + years as a spiritual couch potato is no life at all. No passion. No excitement. It’s a tragedy.
If you are here this morning thinking that I am talking about you I want to assure you that I have no one in mind. But I plead with you to accept the Spirit’s prodding in your life and to consider what He has to say to you today. I’m not here to heap more condemnation upon you. God knows you have suffered enough of that at the hands of the world and the enemy. Listen - The tragedy is not that you have sinned. The tragedy is not that you have failed. The tragedy is that Satan has taken your failures in your relationships, your failures in your spiritual disciplines, and your failures in your sexual integrity and is using them against you. The enemy is saying “See, you’re a loser. You may as well not even go to church. No way are you going to make any serious commitment of your life to Jesus Christ! You might as well just sit there, drink the world in until you’re wasted, and settle for the mediocre life you deserve.”
But this is a tragedy that doesn’t have to happen.
Let’s go back to Colossians 2, starting in verse 6 again we see these words:
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.