When you go to church on Sunday morning, will you be prepared? Or will you go with only a partial clue as to why you’re there?
Wishing is useless. But I wish that in my forties I had known what I know now. I had all the right knowledge. I said all the right things. And everybody thought I really understood.
So no one took me aside, that they might mentor me. No one challenged my life. No one asked me to prove the things I was saying. So I fell flat on my face and squandered a beautiful gift from God.
I will not blame anyone. They couldn’t possibly have known how shallow my faith really was. And frankly, out of the hundreds of people I knew, only two had the things I have now.
When you go to church on Sunday, will you be prepared? Will you go there to worship the Most High God with everything you have? Or will you worship him with everything he is willing to give?
There is a statement I wish someone had said to me. “When you worship the Lord, try to percieve the first worship session in heaven. Then worship the Lord as if you were not here.”
We are so caught up in the things of this world. We are so caught up in the things called “Church”. Mistakenly, we think that if we have banded together with men in the name of Jesus, we have fulfilled a proper worship of the Most High God.
There is so much more I could say about this. But I’ll bet you have many things to say in regard to this also. And I have learned that it is so much better when we understand these things personally.
But I will give this a shove in the proper direction. What we are looking for is the full power of God in a Christian. Not just the proper words, knowledge, or timely arrival in the proper place
It might be good to ask someone you can trust, to sit you down and grill you about Christianity. Submit to all their questioning. Let them either prove what you really have, or show you plainly what you lack.
It doesn’t matter to me how you respond to these things. Who am I to order anyone around. But what you stand to lose is a pittance. There is no profit at all in being incomplete. What you stand to gain is immeasurable. What fully profitable things might be accomplished if you fully belong to God?
You could be like me, and wait until you’re 60 to get a partial clue. Assuming God will be merciful and let you live that long. Or you could just cut to the chase today. What could you be in Christ if you gave everything you had to find out?
I thought it might be good to add the following. Instead of looking for only one man to grill you about your Christian life, perhaps you want to look for a team of three.
And who knows, in the process of questioning the three may be grilling themselves. Certainly a profitable circumstance for all.
Humility is the target. Profitability to Jesus is the cash flow.
By His Grace