Is God important to you? If you say yes…does your life confirm it?
(Let me say upfront that this post is a little bit of a rant. I have to admit that I’m tired of the little ‘God quotes’ on social media, and empty rhetoric out of the mouths of many – yet so few know the Word of God. It’s like a big ‘Church Game’ and I am genuinely frustrated and sad because there is no real pursuit of God in their lives.)
Searching scriptures and pursuing God is truly the most exciting adventure you could ever embark on! Once you “learn to learn” it becomes so compelling that it is easy to forgo your other responsibilities because you can get so caught up in the depth and wonder that God is!
Charlie Brown Christians
I get why mainstream society has an intense dislike for Christians. There isn’t much that sets the majority of Christians apart from society other than a distorted self-righteousness that looks down on the rest of the world while drowning in their sins. Christians whine and complain about sin in the world and talk about living righteously, yet there is no compassion and love in them. The Bible calls this a “sounding gong.” I think of it like Charlie Brown’s teacher, “Wa, wah, wa, waaa.” The lack of love within the Church over the decades has become a foul stench in the nostrils of many. (In case you think I’m pointing fingers, I am well-aware of the three that are pointing back at me.) Self-righteousness is easy; love is hard.
For example, prayer has become an empty term that requires no action. Christians have forgotten how to pray. And when they do pray – they don’t expect anything to happen. It is simply a nice gesture to ease our conscience.
God never intended prayer to be an empty gesture of goodwill, but something that ignites our faith to move mountains and our feet.
Not Every Pastor Is Preaching The Truth
I am shocked at how few people open their Bible, and even fewer study it. I suppose most believe that is the duty of the pastor. We all have the responsibility to learn for ourselves and to search the scriptures for truth. Not every pastor is teaching the truth. Most of us just swallow words pouring forth from the pulpit without asking questions and searching scripture to gain revelation or confirm the truth of their teaching.
There is a gift of preaching and teaching, given by God, for the benefit of everyone. They are our spiritual leaders and have a great responsibility on their shoulders to teach correctly. I listen to sermons every single day from a variety of teachers because I benefit from their testimony and revelation, but it is not a substitute for developing my relationship and receiving deeper understanding through the Holy Spirit and studying the Word of God through personal effort.
Keep in mind that your pastor is just like you. They are not perfect. Pastors can have misunderstandings. It doesn’t mean you leave the church or ignore anything else they have to say (unless it is far from the Biblical truth). A leader is a leader. You respect and learn from them – but the ultimate responsibility of learning and applying the truths of Scripture rests on our shoulders. Pastors are shepherds. They can lead us to pasture, but it is up to us to first determine if they are leading us in the proper direction, and second, it is again up to us to eat and obtain nourishment for our souls.
I think we expect to sit in the pews, have the pastors do all the studying and learning, walk over and open our mouths, and then shove revelation down our throats. You may think that is silly – but if you attend church every Sunday, sit dutifully in the chair, sing your songs, go home, and live your life without so much as cracking open your Bible (or if you do, it is out of duty and not for the purpose of knowing God) then you are allowing yourself to be spoon fed, and that is a very dangerous game to play. Remember, the Word of God says:
Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles? And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’ (Matt. 7:21-23)
NO ONE thinks this verse applies to them. No one. But there will be many who will find themselves one day standing before the Lord in this very situation. Be careful! Examine your hearts! It was not too long ago that God revealed to me that, even after decades of seeking Him, I was very much in danger of this!
I do not share this out of judgment but out of a cry of my heart to issue a warning to so many people who are lazy about knowing God. I fear many get their idea of God from social media posts or just what they perceive God is like through their thinking rather than from an encounter with YHWH.
Oh my brothers and sisters: Do not rely on someone else for your spiritual growth. YOU are responsible! How can we encourage each other to love the pursuit of God?
Even King David discovered how great the pursuit is, as he says he longed for God more than food and water!
My prayer is that you will search out God and have such a hunger and desire for Him, filling yourself up so much that you start to leak Jesus!
Utilize the teachings and testimonies of others to spur you on in your pursuit of God. Accept the challenge today to find and enjoy God.