Faithful

Posted: April 10, 2017 in Uncategorized

It has been a while since I posted anything here.  It seems that time doesn’t slow down and neither does the workload.  Whether it be work, family, extra curricular activities we all tend to want more time to do things.  We try to fit so many things into a 24 hour period and rarely do we find or set aside time to worship, pray and read our Bible.  Sure, we may set aside time on Sunday mornings to go to church and even then opening our Bible isn’t something that we even need to do at church anymore.  We have the text from the sermon on the “Big Screens,” or we can access it on our device if we choose, but most of the time in this technologically advanced world we just choose to look at the screens because it’s readily available.

I’m not saying there is anything wrong with just looking at the screens, but what I fear the most is that many people are looking at those screens and that is the extent of their Bible intake for the week. The few songs that were sung before the preaching is the extent of their worship for the week and the prayer that was prayed was the extent of their prayer for the week. Does this sound familiar? Is this you? Well, it has been me on many occasions.  Why do we get so busy living the lives that WE want to live that we completely miss the opportunities minute by minute, day by day to give God glory, to worship him, to speak to him and to read and respond to his Word? I have narrowed it down to two main reasons. One, we are to busy and two, we just don’t care.

To Busy

It’s true that as life goes on we tend to get busier and busier and when we have a few minutes to rest we want to do just that, rest.  We want to sit down and watch a television show, listen to music, take a nap or just sit in a chair with silence.  We are consumed with having to go from one place to another on a daily basis.  Many times our day begins early in the morning and doesn’t end until late in the evening.  We have work, games, social events, church events, etc. We get so busy with everyday life that we tend to forget to spend time with God, or we are so busy we just don’t have time.

There are two things I want to point out here.  1. Our life is just a vapor, it’s here today and gone tomorrow (James 4:14). We can plan our days, our weeks, our months and even our years, but we never really know when our time will come that we stand face to face with Jesus.  Do we want to stand before him having totally wasted away our lives running from one place to the next and never making time to seek His face, read and live by HIS Word, or even worship and give him glory?  Ephesians 2: 10 tells us that we are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works. These works should come from time spent with him in worship, including reading and responding to his Word. Don’t let time pass you by, intentionally make time during the day to worship and honor Him.

That brings me to my next point.  The Bible tells us to “Pray without Ceasing,” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). This means that even on our busiest days we can still pray and communicate with God.  When you are driving from meeting to meeting or from game to game, simply talk to him.  You don’t have to talk out loud, but internally talk to him.  He hears you.  You don’t have to close your eyes to pray, keep them open and pray, especially when your driving!! We can stay in constant contact with God no matter how busy we get.  All we have to do is do it, be intentional about it! Remember, our life is here today and gone tomorrow, don’t waste it away, worship him daily.

Just don’t care

Apart from being busy and not being intentional about carving out time for God is the other side of this thing.  People just don’t care.  You know it’s funny to me how many people I have seen that are in the ministry, work in a church, people that claim to be Christians, or others that want to appear spiritual that just don’t care anything about the Bible or living a holy and pure life apart from Sunday mornings.  Unfortunately this isn’t something as easy as creating space in your busy schedule. This is a heart issue that needs to be changed by the Holy Spirit.

If you claim to be a Christian and you don’t care anything about reading the Bible through the week or attempting to live a holy and blameless life that Christians are called to live then I’m asking you to check your heart.  Do you remember the day you truly repented of your sin and believed the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Was it just an emotional response to a worship service or a sermon, or by a pastor begging people to come forward? Was it because everyone else was doing it? or was it a real, genuine faith in Christ and a turning from your sin and doing your best to live for him? If you are truly saved then I believe God has placed a desire in you to live according to his Word (Even though we will never measure up).  If not, then the Bible says you are unregenerate, you are still in the darkness and each week in your churches you are parading around like a wolf in sheeps clothing.  This sounds harsh, but it’s the unfortunate reality.  Repent of your sins and believe the Gospel.

We serve a faithful Father.  He is faithful to us and when we neglect him and put other things before him then we are being unfaithful.  Our God is a jealous God and he will not tolerate other things being put before him.  What is in your life that you need to change? Do you need to make space for him in your busy schedule? Or do you need a heart transplant? Do you need to repent, believe the Gospel and be saved? Check your schedules and your heart. Give God glory and enjoy Him.

#SoliDeoGloria

Glory to God Alone

Steven

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