I came across this in Pastor Charles Price's "Daily Journey" devotional today. Dr. Price is well-known in Canada (and throughout much of the world) as a passionate and learned Christian teacher who pastors the largest church in Toronto, Ontario —a city the same size as Los Angeles. I have followed him for years and can attest that his doctrine is excellent!
"In the Gospels we read that Jesus feeds 5,000 hungry people with just five loaves and two small fish. At one point Jesus tests Philip by asking him to feed the people. Philip looks in his pocket for any loose change, checks with Judas the treasurer, and concludes 'We can't do it, we don't have enough money.'
"Now suppose Jesus then called an atheist up from the same crowd and gave him the same challenge. What do you think the atheist would do? He would look in his pocket for any loose change, check with Judas the treasurer, and conclude 'We can't do it, we don't have enough money.'
"So what does this tell us about Philip? Simply that he was a professing believer but a practicing atheist.
"The missing ingredient of Philip's assessment of the situation was the same as the atheist's— God. Philip believed in God but He had reduced God to a silent partner in their relationship. If our Christian lives and Christian activities can be explained in purely human terms, then how different are we to our unbelieving neighbors? Philip would have discovered divine possibilities had he been open to divine solutions. But he didn't look for divine solutions so he didn't discover divine possibilities. He settled for being a professing Christian, but a practicing atheist.
"So the question for you is— have you reduced God to what is workable and manageable? Where is He indispensable in your life?"
With your lips you profess Him; but with your life do you deny Him? A very good question for us all to consider.