But all those who knew him, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things. (Luke 23:49)
If we know Him, could we be standing at a distance? If we’ve accepted Jesus as our personal Savior, God’s amazing love will allow us to totally walk away from Him, stand at a distance and look from afar or be right up front waiting on His next command.
How would you know if you’re at a distance? The following are ten areas to consider with appropriate scriptures following. We will look at ten more areas next week. Prayerfully look over the areas and scriptures listed, perhaps in your devotional time.
You are standing at a distance if:
- You’re not reading the Bible daily or at least committed to do so. (Proverbs 4: 20-22; Romans 10:17; II Timothy 2:15; 3:16,17; Hebrews 2:1; 4:12)
- Your prayer life consists of praying on the run or when someone else is praying around you. (Mark 1:35; Luke 18:1; Romans 8:26,27; Colossians 4:2)
- You are not committed to the vision of and to relationships within a local church. (I Corinthians 14:26; Hebrews 10:25; I John 1:7)
- You rarely tell anyone your testimony or share about Jesus and His love, hope and salvation. ( Romans 10: 14,15; Colossians 3:17; II Timothy 1:7,8; 4:5; James 5:19,20)
- Your friends and family are more important than Jesus is. (Mark 3:31-35; 10:29,30; 12;30,31)
- You’re more concerned about what those around you think of you than you are about what Jesus thinks or says about you. (Proverbs 29:25; Matthew 23:5-7,12; Luke 9:26; I Corinthians 1:26-31; II Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 1:10; 2:20; 4:19; Colossians 1:28; I Thessalonians 2:4-6; I Peter 2:9,10)
- Obeying Him has become less and less of a priority and His words have become “hard” to hear as you live your daily life. (Proverbs 14:12; John 6: 60,66-71; 14:15,21; I Peter 2:11,12; I John 2:3-6)
- Your view of God has evolved to His living at a distance, and that being the case, unable to be reached consistently. (II Timothy 1:14; Hebrews 3:6; 11:6)
- You’re not reading or listening to something that challenges your spiritual growth on any kind of consistent basis. (Proverbs 3:1,2; Isaiah 26:3; I Corinthians 2:16; Colossians 3:2)
- “Rational thinking” from the wisdom of this world has taken precedence over the truths of God’s word. (Proverbs 1:7; 9:10; 21:30; Mark 7:8; Romans 8:5-9; I Corinthians 1:18-21; Colossians 2:8; I Timothy 6:20,21; II Timothy 3:1-5; II Peter 1:3,4)