A Lousy Idol

Some folks make an idol out of routine.
Routine is a lousy idol.
Jesus doesn’t want us to make an idol out of doing things the same way over and over.
I belonged to a church once that refused to grow, both spiritually and numerically. When someone proposed change, the leadership usually quashed the proposal with that enemy-of-growth phrase, “We’ve always done it that way.”
God is a God of change. In Jesus Calling Susan Young writes,

“When you cling to old ways and sameness, you resist God’s work within you. Stop finding security within the boundaries you build around your life.”

We are brand new creations in Christ. Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:17,

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

I know someone who is captive to their routine. They do the same things the same way every day. They have a work-week routine, a an after work leisure routine, and a weekend routine. They rarely change any of it.
God didn’t stop creating on day six. And He didn’t give up on offering us an exciting life in Christ full of change. God calls it sanctification.
It’s hard for us to enjoy His sanctifying changes if we cling to the lousy idol of routine.

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About Steven Sawyer

God blessed me with the gift of writing. Mom told me I wrote paragraphs in second grade when others were learning to write sentences. I spent more than three decades in professional writing gigs. For the past eight years I've combined my passion for writing with my love for the Lord. He and I write a Christ-centered, family-friendly blog to glorify God Monday-thru Friday at https://stevensawyer.wordpress.com/. My wife and I have four grown children and two precious granddaughters we co-parent with their mom. I'm a Galatians 2:20 disciple of Christ seeking to allow Christ to live His life in me, through me, and as me.

2 thoughts on “A Lousy Idol

  1. This is a great reminder for everyone, Steven. Our whole lives are about growth and change and coming into understanding His Love, power and greatness. It’s about spreading His love, His word and his blessings around, sharing and making a difference. We cannot honor him if we stand still without reaching hands and humble hearts.

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    • Kerri, you are so right. Thank you for your encouragement and comments. Please forgive me for not calling you yesterday afternoon. Things were a zoo here yesterday and I never even got to a stopping point to call you. I’m sorry. I really want us to talk again soon.

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