Yesterday, my pastor spoke about burning bridges. We often use the saying, “That bridge is burned,” and what we mean is, there is no turning back. The connection that once stood between us and a relationship, job, etc., is no longer there.
Christ is the one that bridges the gap between sinners and God. He is the one that calls us to follow Him and allows us to cross over from death into life. Christ offers us a life full of the blessings of God, in return, for our life filled with sin and shame.
Even though this world offers us nothing that will ever truly satisfy us, we often try to cross back over and connect with our old life. We try to stand in the middle of our spiritual bridge and reach for the best of both sides. We want to enjoy the many blessings of God, and at the same time, enjoy the comforts of this world.
The Bible tells us that if we are neither hot nor cold, but are lukewarm, we will be spit out. Christians can only live in the fullness of God when we seek Him FIRST and serve Him whole-heartedly. However, many times, we only seek God when it’s convenient or when we need Him. Most of the time, we are more concerned about seeking the things of this world.
The temptations of this world are always trying to draw us back into our old life. They are always on the one side of the bridge yelling, “Come back, you’re missing out!” If we’re not keeping our eyes on God, but instead, are continuously turning back to look at our old life, we are in danger of missing out on living life in the fullness of God.
The old hymn tells us, the only way to be truly happy in Jesus is to trust and obey. My pastor recently spoke of this song and the trueness of its words. When we cross over into a life in Christ, we need to burn the bridge that connects us to this world. We are to fully trust and obey the Lord and move forward as we follow Christ. When we do, God promises us that He will lead us to a place of peace, rest, comfort, and joy.
Today, may my prayer be to quit living my life being lukewarm, teetering in the middle of the bridge, reaching out to both sides. May the Lord help me to seek Him first and burn that old bridge. May He keep me from being tempted to look back, but instead, help me to keep pressing towards life, in the fullness of Christ!