When a car is in neutral, it can drift anywhere, but can’t really go to a destination until you put it in drive.
I believe that many Christians today are living their lives in a default of neutral position. They drift here and there, but are not really going anywhere. Because many are in neutral, they can be pushed anywhere by anyone and never really move forward in their spiritual walk.
With God, there is no such thing as neutrality. We find Him in Genesis separating light from darkness. We see Him in Revelation spewing out those who are neither hot nor cold. ”God is light and in Him is no darkness”.
Yet there is something in our nature that, after the expended effort, after the toil and battle, we want to settle into a comfortable “status quo” where we are no longer driven by passion, but by maintenance.
The chaos in us always seeks order, and the order in us wants to maintain parity with the familiar and the secure. This was one of Israel’s struggles. They spied out the land, conquered its inhabitants, moved in, settled down and then got comfortable to where they forgot the God who got them there.
This “defaulting towards neutrality” has also been evident in past revivals throughout history. The moves of God began in chaos and energy, evolved to order, and later became fossilized into inflexible wineskins that would today oppose the very revivals that birthed them. What an odd contradiction, that the birth of something can be celebrated at gala events, yet profoundly rejected if it happened today. I suppose the saying is true “remember where you came from”.
I believe that God is calling us who have become entombed in our Christian culture to return to the chaotic violent love that birthed us. There is a reason why Jesus commanded us to “come as a child” in Matthew 18. A child does almost everything with thoughtless abandon. When they laugh, it’s with all their heart. When they cry, it’s wholehearted. But as they begin to grow older, the intense approach to life they started with begins to ebb away like a dying candle. By adulthood, life is then managed with a neutral reserve guaranteed to keep chaos at bay.
God does not want you to become a manager of neutrality in your life, but one whose default setting is insane passion for Him. What is your default setting?
He said to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first