"I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal" (1 Corinthians 3:1)
Read your New Testament again and you will agree that mediocrity in the Christian life is not the highest that Jesus offers. Certainly God is not honored by our arrested spiritual development - our permanent halfway spiritual condition.
We all know that the Bible tells us that we honor God by gong on to full maturity in Christ!
Why, then, do we settle for those little pleasures that tickle the saintlets and charm the fancy of the carnal?
It is because we once heard a call to take up the Cross an instead of following toward the heights, we bargained with the Lord like a street huckster! We felt an urge to be spent for Christ, but instead of going on, we started asking questions. We began to bicker and bargain with God about His standards for spiritual attainment.
This is plain truth - not about unbelieving "liberals" - but about those who have been born again and who dare to ask, "Lord, what will it cost me?"
O Lord, in my heart of hearts I desire to honor You by going on to full maturity in Christ. Help me not to be satisfied with mediocrity. Amen
~A. W. Tozer~