Church

I’m assuming you were in church yesterday. I’m hoping it was because you have a strong desire to be among God’s children and feast on the Word.

But I know many probably drug themselves, their spouse or their children there. Some wanted to sleep in or thought of a dozen other things that needed doing and could have been accomplished in the time it took them to get dressed up, drive there, sit and drive back.

Maybe that’s why we are called to present ourselves ‘a living sacrifice’. Every day is the Lord’s but Sunday is the day of rest… set aside to rest in Him. It’s a time to lay our day-to-day life down in order to surrender ourselves to our Savior in pursuit of God and holiness.

Sadly, we often think we need the perfect church, the ultimate worship or THE man with THE message.

I thought we, you and I, went to grow and draw nearer to Christ? When did it become about everything else? Why are you looking for YOUR perfect church experience rather than experiencing THE perfect God? Is God dependent upon a man or song? Did God not speak through a burning bush? Not to be rude but He even spoke through a donkey! If you have pledged your life and heart to Him, He will make sure you hear the right message. He IS God enough to do it – where you are – despite the preacher, church or music.

Now I am not saying you need to stay where you are forever. You might or God might draw you elsewhere. Obedience is always key. That’s why you get up and walk through the double doors that stand beneath a steeple, because we are dependent and we KNOW God can and will supply all of our needs according to His abundant mercy. He will lead us in the Way we should go.

You know growing up I always wanted to go to church, I just wanted to wait until after the Tarzan movie finished (prioirities – I know). I also just wanted to not do that dressing up thing with those scratchy dresses and tight shoes but I wanted to go to church.

I can’t remember every lesson taught but I can remember the love my teachers displayed for God and for us. The music was all I allowed it to be and the repetition of songs every 3-4 weeks actually anchored the truths they presented deep into my heart. The pastor would give us our passage and I would turn my little, leather-bound Bible to the pages of small print (that I could read then but can’t now LOL) and embrace the Word. Even as a youth if I couldn’t relate to what the pastor said I would turn my attention back to the Word and read it myself.

And then there’s the people. The church body. I like people. And each church has a group of people who meet regularly that are meant to be family. We are not alike. Not cloned. We all differ in the way we dress, think, act and react, yet just like our birth-relatives we are all untied. Some I may have may prefer over others but I loved and try to know them all because God had given them to me. Grace and acceptance was for all. Truth and discipline was used as needed, just like in a real family but always delivered with love and mercy because it is about the total unit not just my one heart.

It’s one heart our heart, that God asks us to bring and lay before Him in surrender not just on Sunday’s but daily. But when we rise to dismiss on Sunday after service, it is His Spirit residing over US that sends us out collectively to bear/carry that which God invested in us as we sat eager to receive a fresh Word for this season.

You know looking back, Mrs. Meuli was so loud when she sang and talked and not so approachable but she had the same Father and heart for Him as I did. Mrs. Davis was sophisticated and friendly in class yet stand-offish outside that arena but she too had the same Father as I. There were some with life struggles and sins that haunted them and we knew it but we didn’t malign against them; the leaders led and shared and did what only they could and we prayed and loved them anyway BECAUSE we had the same Father and we were family… and that is what family does.

QUESTION. Is that what you did yesterday?

Place Your Life Before God

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.    Romans 12:1-2 The Message (MSG)

Grab a hold of that for which God has laid hold of you.

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