Warning: Trivialized Christianity is not a substitute for the risen Jesus

The attempt to make Christianity acceptable (even comfortable) has made it trivial. Trivialized Christianity is a century’s-long attempt to tame, cage, domesticate, and control the “Lion of the tribe of Judah” (the risen Jesus). A trivialized Christian finds many things to be of more interest than the living Jesus.

Today people are longing for more than the trivial–for reality and significance. Trivialized Christianity won’t satisfy them. Religious trifles and trinkets can’t satisfy a hungry heart, but the living Jesus can!

Religious trifles are far removed from biblical Christianity. The more church engages in trivial pursuits, the less power it has.

Jesus made the lame to walk, but too many of His followers walk all over the lame. Trivialized Christianity breeds religious pride. Actualized Christianity produces a lifestyle of genuine humility.

When the glory of “Christ in you” continually breaks out and overflows from your heart, trivialized Christianity loses its appeal. When Christianity focuses on insignificant things, it disrespects the living Jesus.

Trivialized eyes have trouble seeing the maximized Jesus, the Lord of Lords before whom every knee will bow. Jesus wants to be the Commander of your heart, not a trinket that adorns it.

The living Jesus is powerful and fantastic; the scholastic Jesus is academic and plastic. Don’t just study Jesus; obey Him!

Trivialized Christianity would rather hear a weekly sermon on the Bible instead of daily reading and obeying it with an open heart. Trivialized Christianity prefers to hear talks about the Jesus of history rather than to daily follow and obey the living Jesus.

Trivialized Christianity is a spiritual lullaby. We laugh about people sleeping in church, but what’s funny about an organization that puts people to sleep?

“Christ in you” needs to be an actual, inner influence in Christians, not just theology. Internalize Jesus; don’t trivialize Him. Detrivialize Christianity. Make Jesus an active part of your life, 24/7/365.

Christianity should be the realization (not the trivialization) of “Christ in you.” To trivialize Jesus denies His Lordship and preeminence. To trivialize Christianity is to rob it of much of its power.

Trivialized Christianity trains people to be a passive audience and to ignore the the thoughts that come directly from God. It puts out the fire of God. A sign of trivialized Christianity is ceremony without testimony, words without works.

Jesus said that people who believe in Him will experience inner rivers of living water. To trivialize Christianity is to minimize its impact in your life. Learn how to maximize Jesus in your life.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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