1. Only viewing God as your ticket out of hell.
This one will hit home with a lot of people. And while this may come off extremely judgmental, my point is to help encourage you into a deeper relationship with your Creator. God is more than than a get out of hell free card, and our relationship with him should reflect something much deeper than that. Heaven isn’t a place for people who fear hell, but instead a place for people who passionately love God. Don’t make your relationship with God transactional. He’s worth more than anything your mind can fathom. He’s not here just to be personal fire proof.
2. Only pray when you need something.
Have you noticed that everyone seems to pray when things get tough? The real question is whether or not you are going to extend your prayer life beyond the hard-times. God is looking for a relationship with you, and only by communicating with him will you be able to deepen and nourish it.
3. Only read your bible during a church service.
If you want a relationship with God, then I suggest you read the Word in which he breathed into life. Read a devotional, join a bible study, or even read the bible from beginning to end. Regardless of how you read your Bible, God is looking for you to open up His Word and digest the wisdom he has prepared for you. There is no such thing as a Christian who doesn’t follow God’s Word.
4. Only worship during a church service.
Worshipping during church service is great, but worshipping outside of that element is even greater. Find ways to worship God throughout your everyday life, and make a priority out of giving praise to the one who created you. Worshipping God can be done through many different forms, so find a way to praise God that reflects who God created you to be.
5. Only give back when you get something in return.
True giving is found when you expect nothing in return. Whether you are giving to a charity, a church, or even a missions trip, if you are only doing it because it’s tax-refundable, you might want to question whether or not your heart is in the right place.
6. Only claim to be a Christian when it benefits you.
Anyone can claim to be a Christian when things are easy. The real question is whether or not you will represent your faith in times of trial and tribulation. People all around the world are being martyred for their faith, and the question you need to ask yourself is whether or not your love for God is worth giving everything up for.