"A Good Enough Christian"

August 23, 2022 | By Chuck

         I’m sure we’re all a little guilty at times of doing just enough to get by. Maybe a student does the bare minimum required to squeak out a passing grade. An employee can be guilty of doing only what is asked and nothing more. If we approach every day with the attitude, “I’ll only do the bare minimum or just enough,” how will that affect our spiritual lives? My concern with this mindset is that it will creep into our spiritual lives and we’ll eventually desire to be “a good enough Christian.”

            A good enough Christian lacks important spiritual disciplines that lead to spiritual growth. A good enough Christian is the picture of spiritual apathy. A good enough Christian isn’t concerned about his influence on others for the cause of Christ. There’s not a lot of spiritual passion or conviction because he or she is simply trying to do just enough to get by. To be completely honest, anyone can be “a good enough Christian,” because very little is required, it’s easy.

            I can only speak for myself, but I have no interest in being a good enough husband or a good enough father. I want to put forth my very best every day to be the husband and father my wife and kids deserve and what God expects me to be. And I certainly have no desire to be a good enough Christian. Preacher or not, I desperately desire to be the best and most faithful Christian I can be for the Lord. After all, Jesus expects Christians to go the extra mile. “And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles” (Mt. 5:41). The principle that applies is Christians should go above and beyond and give their very best in service to the Lord and His church.

            “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Mt. 6:33). To seek first His kingdom is to be a strong Christian, not a good enough Christian.