29 April, 2017

What Reward Are You Expecting?

In this entry, I'm not even going to approach dealing with those who are not saved, or "in the world." I want to talk to those who are in the church. Those who claim to be Born Again, Spirit-led believers. I want to be clear that I'm not asking how loud do you shout, how passionate you pray or any other outward sign that we would normally look at and say, "Wow... he/she is a good Christian." The truth of the matter is that none of that matters if your daily walk does not line up with the Word of God. Now, normally, when we say that, most people think, "I don't drink, sleep around or smoke pot." I contend that most Christians have put on blinders, just as the Pharisees did in Biblical times, and they see themselves as super-saints when in reality, their lives are a poor expression of Christ. These are the people Jesus spoke of when he spoke of being lukewarm. A lukewarm Christian has found a place of comfort and cannot be swayed from that comfort zone. They think they are impressing the Lord with their shout and church sanctuary religion... but I believe he says of them, "you make me sick to where I want to spew you out of my mouth." Here are the simple facts: nowhere in the Word of God does it mention that God is impressed by the shout, the dance or anything else we call worship. What He is impressed by is faith that causes us to walk out the word Monday through Saturday. Faith that causes us to be people of integrity, where our word and our work ethic testify of Christ. Faith that tells others outside of the church house of God's goodness in our lives and our actions, not our words show the difference that being a child of God makes... not because we don't do certain things, rather because we are faithful, consistent and trustworthy. Lives that are not on a continual rollercoaster emotionally. Lives that don't need to see another miracle to enable us to continue to believe, but we believe because the Word of God says so.

No... God is not impressed with the flash in the pan person who shouts and jumps in the church house... he is impressed with the one who lives their life with the full understanding that everything they do and say testifies more fully of what they really believe.

Whatever you do, do it wholeheartedly as though you were working for your real master and not merely for humans. You know that your real master will give you an inheritance as your reward. It is Christ, your real master, whom you are serving.
Colossians 3:23-24

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