We live in a generation were ‘Jesus take the wheel’ is easier said than done. Most often we give God the place of a co-driver, just in case we need Him. We have made Christ a spare tire. A second-hand, part-time God, our very last resort.
I was one of such Christians until I cried out to God and surrendered.
God doesn’t want a retreat – a time when we TEMPORARILY scale back on our sins to focus on Him. He wants our SURRENDER – the unconditional submission and death of our will.
God is not looking for church-goers, He is looking for church BUILDERS. He is not looking for people who are IN the church (the building), He is looking for people who are part OF the church (the body of Christ).
God is not looking for people who temporarily PARTY IN THE HOLY GHOST on Thursday when it is prayer night and BINGE in the spirit on Sunday but on Monday put Jesus aside because it’s time to go back to real life.
Oh, I know those excuses so well.
“I’ve got to work”
“I run a business”
“I’ve got 6 kids and I’m stressed out, I can’t pray”
These were some of those lines I used myself.
God’s not looking for those who justify themselves using loose biblical interpretations, selective hearing and out-of-context scripture. He is not looking for self-righteous people, those who think they are all that and more.
God’s not looking for disciples who refuse DISCIPLINE instead God is looking for those who are willing to be pierced right into their being with His double-edged sword separating bone from marrow.
Christians of today are looking for a gift-giving God, a God who rewards but has no right to rebuke or revoke.
God if you give me this (fill – in – the – blanks), I will quit this (fill – in – the – blanks). And if Jesus does not respond, there is no need to obey. For us, Jesus is Lord if He fulfills our every want and lustful desire. If He doesn’t, He is not.
GOD is looking for people who desire and seek a constant and PERMANENT intimate RELATIONSHIP with Him.
INTIMACY WITH GOD MAKES YOU A FRIEND OF GOD.
Intimacy with God is permanent, not temporary. The intimacy of God is a bond that cannot be broken at any time. Intimacy with Christ is a life of worship (when you seek to please God in your words, thoughts, and actions) and praise in spirit and truth.
It is impossible for even a healthy body to live without oxygen. God is the air that any Christian should breathe. Anyone that lives without God no matter how rich, physically healthy, influential or educated is DEAD. Anyone walking without Christ may be rich, but he is a rich corpse, an educated corpse, an influential corpse, a beautiful corpse….a dead man walking.
“And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.” (Mark 12:30)
Beloved, God loves you ALL the time. Whether you love Him or not, He is always there with arms opened wide. When you fail, disappoint, run away or insult Him, God’s love for you never changes. He wants to be your all-time God. Don’t make Him a part-time God. Admittedly, life can be a struggle, we may not always have time, but we have a God who transcends time. A God who has given us the privilege to come to Him just as we are, ANYTIME, anywhere, every day. God gave you His all in the person of Jesus Christ. Your reasonable response would be to give Him your everything. We were created to love Him with all our heart, all our soul, all our strength and all our mind every time not when we feel like it.
Remember, God loves YOU!
Hearts & hugs,