The Sin of Mediocrity

Hebrews 2:11-12For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.”

Mediocrity might well be called the sin of just getting by; of doing just enough to satisfy our sense of obedience, submission and committment.

Sanctification is the act of setting apart for God. When I decide what part of me is set apart and when I will set it apart, I, then, become the god deciding what is to be done and when.

God comes to His children; to instruct us each day how to be more like Jesus. In that moment, I must decide that God, my Father, has my best interest in mind. But I also believe it goes much deeper than that because I am no longer the king of my castle; the ruler of my vessel – God is.

God’s way is filled with promise, power, protection and provision. My way is always a selfish mix between what I want, and what God wants. I have come to realize that once my hand touches something, it becomes corrupt. But, when guided by God, it then can be something beautiful.

So many in our churches today are satisfied with doing just enough. Attendance to a service on Sunday. Giving when the plate is passed. we pat ourselves on the back that we are doing more than the lost and feel content and pleased with what we present to God.

We excuse the times we miss because God wouldn’t mind that we take time to have a little fun with family or friends. While on vacation, many get away to find rest and relaxation. But all too often, we take a vacation from God as well.

I read a statement from one of the men of God that help revival come to America. George Whitfield prayed;

“O Lord, make me an extraordinary Christian!”

Even now, I am convicted of not having the same desire. I hope that at some point in your life, you have felt that the God who saved you from an eternal damnation in Hell deserves our very best. The hymn’s refrain tells us:

Give of your best to the Master;
Give of the strength of your youth.
Clad in salvation’s full armour,
Join in the battle for truth.

I sadly confess that God has not always gotten my best. There have been those days that felt like I made it – by the skin of my teeth. Other days I have felt self-satisfied that I have done more than those around me. But to truly feel as if I have given my all; my best into what I give to Him; not so much.

As I become more chronologically gifted, I cherish each day, more and more. I think more deeply on such things because there have people in my life that it might very well be the last interaction we have this side of Heaven. I have heard of the sudden death of a neighbor or a family member who I have meant to give the gospel, but failed.

Mediocrity claims many a victim and renders us useless for the kingdom because it is a form of laziness that puts me at the helm of my life instead of its rightful owner.

George Whitfield wasn’t satisfied with being a Christian. He wasn’t even satified with being a good Christian – he wanted to be an extra-ordinary child of God. I bleieve that comes when you get a glimpse of the magnitude of just Who God really is.

His power. His majesty. His glory. His Sovereignty. His love. His forgiveness, mercy and grace. The closer you and I get to God, the more overwhelming those truths will become. As I have drawn closer to God, I have seen myself more wicked, more sinful, more unworthy of all that He has bestowed upon me.

Mediocrity is the middle ground between God and the world.

Mediocrity keeps its distance from God.

Mediocrity is satisfied with God where He is and we in our self-satisfied, self-justified position.

But, can I testify, that when you allow God to come into the center of your life; allowing Him to touch the innermost parts – the ones we would never reveal to others for fear they would reject us; He comes with such love and acceptance; such mercy and forgivenss; such cleansing and empowering, that we cannot help but want to draw closer to Him, to please Him and do whatever it is He asks.

It is true God accepts me for who I am – but it is so much more than that. He accepts and knows what I can be when I allow Him to have the reins of my life. Fear of total surrender reveals the amount of selfishness that holds me in bondage.

I fight my own mediocrity every day. Wanting to just get by; do more than most and be satisfied with that. But if I were to be honest, I feel a pressure inside to be more; to do more – to be extraordinary.

I have had times when the extraordinary happened. Leading a soul to Christ, seeing revival come to a church, watching the Holy Spirit take control of a service and conviction pouring down upon God’s people… just to name a few.

Once you’ve tasted something like that, it becomes hard to settle for anything less.

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