Humans (you and I) are selfish by nature.
Jesus carried the weight of the worlds sin on the cross, he bore all our sins, transgressions, iniquity in order to give you the chance of eternal salvation.
“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed”-Isiah 53:5
For the most part, I think its safe to say that a lot of us begin attending church for right reasons. When we finally realize how lost we are, how much we’ve messed up, how much we need a Saviour. But my question to you is, how does this continue to be your reason to serve faithfully and dilligently and is it the only one?
It honestly pains me to see so many people go through their first love, on fire stage for God and the months or a couple years in that flame begins to die. Why does this happen? How?
I am no one of high power, high intellect, or lived long enough to know much of anything. But I carry with me nothing but experiences.
If I had to answer, I would say because we loose sight of WHO God is and WHY we should surrender our life to Him.
A lot of us fall victims to simply be driven by a set of emotions (which are so unstable and fickle). We get to church, get into the presence of God and we are good. A few tears are shed at alter, had an uplifting message heard and our conscious feels clear. We’ve had our dose of Jesus for the week.
But what happens when you’re in a season of testing? Do you remember that the essence of God does not change based on your circumstance, troubles? That He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Jesus needs to be the rock on which you stand.
What do you need to do when your neighbour in church is gossiping about you? Turn to Jesus. What do you need to do when you’re being judge, mocked, persecuted from your own family? Turn to Jesus. What do you need to do when you feel like you don’t fit in? Turn to Jesus. What do you need to do when traumatic news just came to you? Turn to Jesus. What do you need to do when the congregation is falling apart? Turn to Jesus. What do you need to do when someone in the ministry team fails you? Turn to Jesus. What do you need to do when you’re just confused, angry, and lost? TURN TO JESUS. I hope someone see’s my point here.
What does turning to Jesus look like?
- Praying till your knees collapse
- Reading the Bible till your eyes can no longer remained open
- Fasting till you get your breakthrough
For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. -Luke 11:10
Jesus remains the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. See, despite your situation – God does not change.
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We should be SO HUNGRY for God that people shouldn’t be asking us where we were at church that Sunday, or Tuesday youth night – because truth is we were already there 30minutes early helping around the church. We need a generation of Christians thats purpose is because they truly get the concept of how God, being able to wipe us all out decided instead to bare pain on the cross, for a chance at your own personal salvation. A generation that doesn’t loose sight or hope because of the tribulations of this world, a generation that constantly meditates on the great power of God. A generation that doesn’t get distracted or tossed with the waves of this world. The world desperately need a hungry, army, of God.
WE NEED TO GET HUNGRY FOR MORE:
WE NEED AN ARMY OF CHRIST:
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit,which is the word of God
Study your identity in Christ
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.-1 Peter 2:9
Pray without ceasing -1 Thessalonians 5:17
We need a generation that is pained by the things God is pained by.
A generation seeking after the heart of the Almighty .