Thursday, May 8, 2008

The Church. Faith. It's Time.

For the last few years, I've been stirred in my heart about the "church." Are we like Jesus? Are we biblical? Do we interpret it at all? Or do we just read for what it is? Are we even being taught what is right, what Jesus would be teaching us? These are questions that have followed me for years now, and there are answers.

I am far from perfect; I am far from what would be considered Godly. And I've longed so much to be like Jesus, but "so much" isn't near enough. It's an interesting thing, to examine yourself and realize you don't truly belong to God. Yes, I am his child, but does he know me? If I stood before him, would he know my name? Would I reside in heaven with him for all of eternity?

Am I following him? Or am I fulfilling selfish desire after another and using grace as a ploy. We aren't teaching what's right! And we have so many christians fooled in America! This isn't right, what's going on? More people that are in church, that claim to be believers, don't even know what they believe! The church is so shallow and we are OK with it. Why? Why should we be complacent with ungodliness? We are a travesty of a church, and there must be a renewing of truth or else I'm afraid many many people that think they are heaven-bound and Jesus like, will find themselves before the throne of God and only then realizing that in fact, they never walked the narrow path.
My goal is not to bash the church, but to revive it. Burt first, God knows, I must be revived.

I have been dead for far too long now, and I have dragged too many down with me. In my selfish ambition I have disguised myself as someone who loves Jesus, rather, I am someone who loves to talk as if he truly knows Jesus. I can't say exactly why, but I can only assume it's because I wanted to believe that I did. So, do I blame the church?

Truthfully, yes I believe it has something to do with it.
So what then, what are we today?

Seek Jesus, Seek Holiness, Be truly Set A Part. Quit using grace as a crutch, chances are God's grace ran out miles ago. He bore it once and he will never bear it again. The weight of sin for the entire world was upon his shoulders! Why in the world would he gather more?

It's time, to truly be like Jesus and act as the church Jesus created us to be. To quit listening to selfish ambition and endeavor, humble ourselves, and follow God. No matter the cost!
For thine is the Kingdom, and The Power, and The Glory, forever and ever, AMEN!


Jacob Epperson said...

Some things

"If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sin is left, but only a fearful anticipation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God" (Hebrews 10:16,17 [I'm pretty sure])

I remember talking in my car on your driveway years back, about the differences between the Church represented by China verses the Church of the US. First, as a footnote, I'm speaking in generalities, which I hate, and which makes things inaccurate. But, again, generally speaking, a government granting people the freedom to worship whatever they want and in whatever way they want (and to whatever degree they wish to do so) is prime soil for casual and convenient worship. Mix that with consumerism, and...well, I won't bother throwing politics into the topic. Anyway, what I'm saying is, if a person's life and limbs are at stake for believing something, this person would be a lot less likely to dilly-dally in and out of it, based on his mood and surroundings. They either give it their all - figuratively as well - or nothing at all. (But that doesn't mean serving our Lord needs to be illegal in order to be genuine. Count our blessings, don't take them for granted.)

No relationship is a steady climb. There are good days and bad days. Good and bad seasons. I've found that, whatever season I'm in, El Shaddai is still present - like promised. The only forever consistent variable consistently loves. The prodigal son returns home again. Is held again.

Kellee said...

Good for people to know.