Amaziah Christians

doubleminded01   by Rod Davis

How would you like for God to bless everything you do? Silly question, isn’t it? Who wouldn’t want God to bless everything they do? But will God do that? Absolutely, but He expects something from us first.

In George Orwell’s book, entitled 1984, he describes a world not only bound in deception but also thriving on it. It’s a civilization not unlike our own. In it Orwell spoke of a language called “newspeak” where terms like “bad” were changed to something a bit more pleasant like “ungood.” Our society has adopted a similar language. Only we call it political correctness. For example, a person is no longer deaf he is called aurally challenged, and one who is blind is visually challenged. It all boils down to the same thing. It’s just said in a way that some think is less offensive.

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it―he will be blessed in what he does. (James 1:22-25)

We should be careful not to make the mistake of thinking that just because we’re a Christian we’re immune to deception. Sadly, Christians often fall under gross deception. James tells us in this passage how to decrease the chances of being deceived. “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves.” James said. “Do what it says.”

Orwell used another term called “Doublethink.” It’s the notion that one can equally embrace two separate belief systems, i.e. that one can believe one way, yet act another way. This sounds familiar, doesn’t it? A lot of us call ourselves Christians yet we live a life devoid of Christianity. I know this may sound a bit bizarre, but many of us “Christians” treat the Bible like it’s a spiritual smorgasbord. We want to pick and choose what we want to believe in the scriptures and, also, do the same when it comes to obeying God’s Word and, then, we still expect God to bless us. The Bible calls this being double-minded. It also calls it being deceived. James spoke of the effects of such an attitude earlier in this chapter.

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does. (James 1:5-8)

To be double-minded (one who is guilty of doublethink) is to vacillate between two opinions. 2 Chronicles 25 speaks of a double-minded man named Amaziah who was king of Jerusalem. Verse 2 says, “He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, but not wholeheartedly.” God is searching for sold-out saints in the midst of a society of half-hearted church members. He’s looking for those who are willing to follow Him unconditionally without question or reservations. God is looking for servants who will finish the course and obey Him in all things.

“I believe that if there is one thing which pierces the Master’s heart with unutterable  grief it is not the  world’s iniquity but the church’s indifference.” – F. B. Meyer[1]

But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it―he will be blessed in what he does. (James 1:25)

Are you an “Amaziah Christian”? Are you double-minded? Do you sort of follow God by sort of obeying Him? In other words, do you do what is right in the eyes of the LORD, but not wholeheartedly? If so, don’t expect God to bless what you do. God never has, and never will, bless disobedience. It’s the one requirement that James said was essential in order for a believer to be blessed in what he does.

Let me make something clear before I give the wrong impression. You must understand that I’m not talking about gaining God’s favor through good works. No, I’m not talking about works. I’m talking about fruit. Jesus said, “by their fruit you will recognize them.” (Matthew 7:20) Your level of obedience will reflect the integrity of your fruit—of your willingness to obey God. People will look at you and see the uncompromising relationship you have with our LORD, and they will want what you have.

“Have you ever noticed the difference in the Christian life between work and fruit? A machine can do work; only life can bear fruit.” – Andrew Murray[1]

 And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, (Colossians1:10)

Let’s all repent of being Amaziah Christians, shall we? Let’s get serious about reaching this fallen world for Christ. Then, and only then, will God bless all that we do.

“What our Lord said about cross-bearing and obedience is not in fine type. It is in bold print on the face of the contract.” – Vance Havner

I’ve got a Bible on the table, I’ve got 5 more on my shelf
I’ve got a head half full of knowledge far from what I’d call a wealth
But I know what I do know, better yet I know who knows me
And he’s given us directions and He’s throwing us the keys… [2]

1 Taken from Christian Quote of the Day ¾ Copyright 1999-2003. Retrieved April 26,May 2, 2004, from http://cqod.gospelcom.net/

2 Rubber Meets the Road by Steven Curtis Chapman from his Signs of Life album. ©1999 Sparrow Records

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