How does a Christian woman get to a state of spiritual emptiness?
In order to answer that question, one must consider the concepts of robotic religion and lawful lovelessness.
I’m sure you’re wondering what these two things are, especially since they both sound so extreme. Well, they are extreme. In fact, there is really no good way to look at either of these concepts. They are dangerous imposters that masquerade themselves in the Christian’s life and cloak true Christianity. The sad thing is that many women don’t even realize that they have a point of origin related to these concepts until the “fire phase,” which is typically associated with baptism, is over. Once that occurs, they are left unfulfilled, dissatisfied, confused, and doubtful, not fully understanding what is going on.
Because the “fire phase” tends to go in ebbs and flows, the Christian woman may go up and down with her love levels for some period of time before she realizes that something is terribly wrong. She may fluctuate with her faith or even experience phases of strength and weakness with regard to her spirituality. Her state or quality of dedication to the LORD may waver so much so that she may get to the point of doubting whether her conversion was in fact real. This is when true soul-searching becomes a necessity for survival and real self-examination about whether you have subscribed to robotic religion, lawful lovelessness, or true spirit and truth worship takes place.
It goes without saying that where there is smoke, there is fire. After the smoke clears and the fire figuratively burns itself out, what do you see? You see what is left as a remnant. That is where we begin to see who we really are in the LORD. That is also where we see what legitimately “fills our spiritual tanks.”
A robot is defined as a mechanism that moves automatically. It is a mechanical device that sometimes resembles a human and is capable of performing a variety of tasks on command. It is an automaton that runs from a man-made control apparatus. When these two definitions are applied to the Christian, it can be translated as one who goes through the motions of Christianity, sometimes resembling a Christ-follower but in actuality is one who is self-controlled, self-motivated, and self-led.
The woman who practices robotic religion is the woman who goes through the motions of Christianity. Her worship, praise, prayer, and fellowship is rehearsed and very much conditioned based on the expectations of the religious establishment she finds herself associated with. Without a doubt, she knows Jesus and she even has knowledge of the books of the Bible, the names of the disciples, and the first miracle performed by Jesus. She knows the plan of salvation and how to disciple, and she looks the part of a Christian, with her neat and tidy outer covering and pious countenance. Unfortunately, her inner self tells the story. On the inside, she is without a heart for God and without love for her fellow man. She is a fake Christian who wears a mask. She is running on empty.
It is the legalist who ascribes to the practice of lawful lovelessness. She is a by-the-book extremist who has more of a love for the law than a love for the Spirit or anything else related to that which is holy. She is strict and rigid in her philosophies, and she is often led by what she thinks is right versus what is scripturally correct. She follows the traditions of men, mixing opinions and personal interests in with the Word of God, just to make the point that “those who are different will not be tolerated or accepted.” She has no real love for God, Jesus, or the Holy Spirit. She only has a love for self. She is the woman who says, “Don’t they know the truth,” but she chooses not to do anything about sharing the truth. She is a modern-day Pharisee who calls herself a Christian. She is running on empty.
All of this information is likely a pretty hard pill to swallow and very much unexpected as it relates to the Christian running on empty. It is such a different angle to what one may be used to seeing. But it must be said. It would be a horrible calamity to approach the day of judgment empty and lost, resembling more of a pseudo-Christian or hypocritical Pharisee than to be a faithful and holy Christ-follower who is filled to the measure and found, in every sense of the word.
Challenge #1: Look at yourself and take note of what fills your spiritual tank. Journal your discoveries.
Challenge #2: Answer the questions: Am I a religious robot? Do I practice lawful lovelessness?
Challenge #3: Confess your sins to God and ask Him to help you become a true spirit and truth worshipper.
Stay tuned for Part III of the Running on Empty series. Follow the “Tweet-spirations” associated with this series at twitter.com/thephonetree.