“God is a spirit. Those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
Jesus answered him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one goes to the Father except through me.”
Jesus answered him, “I have spoken publicly for everyone to hear. I have always taught in synagogues or in the temple courtyard, where all the Jews gather. I haven’t said anything in secret. Why do you question me? Question those who heard what I said to them. They know what I’ve said.”
The Father is looking for true worshipers.
Those that truly have reverence for God.
Those that place God’s will as first and foremost in their list of priorities.
He’s looking for people who are not hypocrites.
I’m finally starting to get it.
You can say and do the right thing and still be wrong.
If your heart’s not in it, you’re a fraud.
And I’m not talking about our deceitfully wicked hearts of flesh which desire to please our carnal nature.
We all know how committed to sinning we can get when we open that door and say, “Damn the consequences, I’m gonna do what I want.”
It’s like talking to drunk people.
They may be wrong, but they sure do believe whatever they’re saying and feeling at the moment.
It feels genuine.
There’s no mask on.
They’re not trying to play nice.
They just let it all hang out.
I should know.
I used to be a drunk.
It took that edge off and I felt like I could relax and be myself.
The trouble is, alcohol, or any addictive substance, provides a false peace.
And then you’re hooked.
It’s hell overcoming addictions, but if you want any chance at really enjoying life, you gotta do it the way God intended it.
And you can extend that thinking to all things in life.
Just do it God’s way.
It’ll seem foreign and strange and slightly scary at first.
But it always works out best and the rewards are eternal.
Even the short-term rewards are more satisfying than a season of sinning.
We must remember that.
Or learn it by experience.
Then our worship will be genuine.
Our adoration will be authentic.
Our humility will be honest.
Our trust will be true.
Humans need a lot of things.
And God is the source of everything we need.
Seems like we should be thankful to our Creator for giving us everything we need.
I’m trying to learn how to be less offensive.
I mean there’s always going to be people who are offended by the truth, but I’m trying to learn how to be more gentle in my delivery.
The sword of the Spirit cuts deeply.
It’s like we can perform spiritual surgery on ourselves and others.
Our society is falling apart.
We have the antidote.
It’s the Gospel.
Don’t be afraid to boldly live and respectfully declare the Gospel.
It’s what people want.
It’s what people need.
They’re dying for a drop of truth.
And we’re tapped into the headwaters.
Don’t pollute your stream with worldliness.
The church isn’t supposed to be relevant to the current culture.
Our culture is an abomination.
We’re supposed to be the light.
We’re supposed to show the way.
Talk is cheap.
I think we’re wasting too much effort on Sunday mornings being entertaining instead of equipping.
How do people learn?
By listening to the teacher speak?
Is anyone paying attention?
Is there any incentive to pay attention?
Is there homework?
Is there repetition of practicing the lesson material until we get it right?
Is there a test?
Is there anyone actually tending and feeding the sheep?
Or is it just a show?
Sure, the Holy Spirit is our Teacher, but those in the business of operating local churches would do well to reconsider how they make disciples.
We need to be levelling up.
We need to be adapting and innovating based on our environment.
We’re not here to maintain the status quo.
That’s what got us into this mess.
You have the right to be wrong.
That is your right and no one can take that away from you.
You have autonomy.
You make your own decisions.
You can choose to honor God or you can choose to sin.
And you will reap what you sow.
God’s a gentleman.
He doesn’t force us into being slaves or robots.
He tells us what’s at stake.
He gives us all the answers ahead of time.
He lets us know what the consequences of our choices will be.
And then He leaves it up to us.
You’re free to choose.
He’s the One who won’t let you down.
Everything and everyone will fail you at some point.
But God won’t.
He doesn’t break His promises.
The only way this world is gonna change is if we, as individuals, change.
If we conform to the patterns of this world, then we are the world, and the truth is not in us.
It’s time to quit hiding.
It’s time to be bold.
It’s time to love the lost and bring them back home.
Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.
Help us to live in a way that righteously represents You.