I have a desire to help people. I have a desire to see people come alive.
I want to help motivate and inspire folks to live for God. I know that sometimes the things I say don’t always seem to inspire. Sometimes there has to be a balancing act that happens.
My heart’s true desire is to see God’s glory shine through the lives and hearts of men and women.
But I see a problem…
I look around the world today, and I see a growing apathy for the things of God. I look around the church and see no real desire to wage war on SIN.
I see so many people who would rather try to justify their sin rather than putting it to death. I even sometimes fall into that category.
Why is it that the human race shuns the things of Jesus Christ? Why is it that the church refuses to take a bold stance for the Gospel?
Why is it that people inside the church shun accountability, yet say that they long for it?
Why do I still struggle with sins that plagued me when I was in my teens and 20s?
The simple answer is that we need to rely more on Jesus. But when we are in the middle of our struggle and our sin…that answer seems so far away.
Here is the thing… I think that if we want to change things in our culture and in our world we are going to have to do just that. We are going to have place our sin, and our struggle at the feet of Jesus Christ. He is the only one who can overcome that ‘issue.’ When we try and overcome our sins on our own works or activities, all that will breed is frustration and anger.
I think this is why we have so many people showing an apathy for the things of God… because they can’t fix themselves. And when they do try so desperately to fix themselves, it never works, and that just makes them more upset. Then what happens is, instead of running to the feet of Jesus, we run away from Him, into a state of anger and resentment.
So what are some ways that we can avoid such things as have been mentioned in the above statements?
#1. Pray, I know that’s sounds simple, but I think it the most important thing. Read Acts 12. Prayer changed everything in Peter’s life. I firmly believe that prayer can and will honestly change everything in your life.
#2. Dig into God’s Word! The answers we are needing and looking for are held in this book we call the BIBLE. “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us to His own glory and excellence” (2 Pet. 1:3). Where do we find “knowledge of Him”? In HIS WORD! We should pour over this text like a love letter..because that’s what it is. He loves us and wants us to know Him more intimately.
#3. Plug yourself into a BIBLE-centered church that will love you and hold you accountable. Heb. 10:23-25 says:
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
There is no such thing as Lone Ranger Christianity. We are called to be in community. Don’t try and do this alone. It will never work.
The reason I write this is to encourage you and me both to look at Jesus as the answer rather than the problem.
I really enjoy this. This would make an excellent sermon
Thank you very much, Thomas!