Good Can Be Bad

Screen-shot-2011-12-12-at-6.46.37-AM1Living a “good” life as a Christ-follower is a “good” thing. But we must be careful because too often “good” can be an evil in itself… let me explain.

There is a war going on in your life right this moment.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.     Ephesians 6:12      

If you’ve admitted that you are a sinner and have asked Christ to be the Savior and controlling-one (Lord) of your life, Satan has lost the war for your soul. The second you accept that Jesus paid the penalty for your sin – a penalty you deserved to pay – the Holy Spirit comes into your life to stay.

Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”       Galatians 4:6

God Himself dwells inside the heart of you, me, and every believer in Jesus. The war is over. We are destined for heaven and can have a confidence that God has a plan for us but here on earth, every moment of every day, the Holy Spirit within us defeats Satan at every turn. All we need to do is surrender control to the Lord.

You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.     1 John 4:4

Once you are a Christ-follower God’s plan is for you to live a life of spiritual fruitfulness. God commands that you spiritually reproduce the same way He commanded Adam and Eve to physically reproduce.

Genesis 1:22
God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.”

John 15:8
“My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.

So, Satan has lost the war for your soul!! For that, you can and should praise God. But our enemy doesn’t just give up and go away. He is alive and active this moment in our lives. You are no longer destined for an eternity separated from God by your sin – it has been completely forgiven. You are on your way to eternal life… starting right here, right now. BUT – what about others around you? There is still a war for their souls – your friends, your family, your neighbors, the people you work with, the folks you come in contact with throughout your everyday activities.

This is what Christ was talking about when He commanded His disciples to be fruitful. We are commanded to GO and be spiritually fruitful by helping others come to know the King of Kings.

but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.´     Acts 1:8

The devil knows he has lost the Christ-follower so he determines to make that believer as unfruitful as possible. In our modern world the easiest way Satan can make us spiritually unproductive is by making us very, very busy. But again he has a problem. Our enemy can’t fill our schedule with evil activities. We would notice. We would see sinful activities for what they are. We have a desire to praise God with what we understand to be “God-pleasing” schedules. Therefore, we’d see bad-acting for what it is but what about good actions – good activities – nice, busy doings?

Here is where many of us fail. Satan can make us exhausted, frustrated, or self-righteous in our calendars. We can fill our schedules with “good” things – very busy things. But “good” things can keep us too busy and leave no room for the “best” things. Are you so busy with good, decent, even religious actions, that there is no room for the best possible actions? It’s a question we should be asking.

Looking at our daily, weekly, and monthly agendas, what’s the best that God wants from me? What is the most fruitful for eternity? Are there things, even good things, that the enemy has me doing to keep me from the best things? What should I stop doing in order to make time for God to use me for eternal things? When was the last time you prayed over your commitments?

I’m not saying that we can’t do things we must. Of course, we need to work and make a living for our families. But am I too busy trying to live above my means? Maybe there are some bills I could cut out. Are 500 TV networks really helping me be spiritually fruitful?

At church, am I so busy doing good things that I don’t have time for the best? “I’m too busy to spend time with God in His Word.” “I’m too busy to give time to people in need of counsel or training.” “I’m too busy to go on a mission trip.” “I’m too busy to take that class to help me grow in Christ.” “I’m too busy… too busy… too busy.”

Oswald Chambers once said,

“The great enemy of the life of faith in God is not sin, but the good which is not good enough. The good is always the enemy of the best.”

In other words, “The biggest enemy of BEST is GOOD ENOUGH.”

Think about it…

3 Comments

  • Greg Melton says:

    These are wonderful truths Len and a wonderful message for all of us. Thank you for allowing God to use you to bless us in the process of blessing Him!

    • Len Allen says:

      I appreciate your comments so much. It’s difficult when writing a blog like this that goes out into the world wide web. Sometimes it’s hard to tell if anyone is reading it. So, when I see comments like yours it is a huge encouragement to me. I write these thoughts as a ministry to many people I’ve never personally met. It’s fantastic that I could have some small part in communicating good things from God’s Word to folks like you all over the world. Thanks for the reminder.

  • Sue says:

    Hit the nail on the head again. Good job. We also have to be careful to fill our lives with things that just take up time. I just taught Proverbs 31 to a group of young women. This strong, capable, intelligent, wise, kind woman put her hand to many good things during each day, work she enjoyed. We should do the same. I was totally convicted that while I’m waiting for things to load or save or be sent, I’ll play a game or two of solitaire. I had someone talk to me about “Candy Crush” and the 500 some odd puzzles it offers… Pretty much exactly why I have never played it. WAY too much wasted time involved, and I’m way too easily hooked! Good reminder. Thanks for sharing.

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