Google+ 03/29/14 We May End Up In The Sinking Sand Full Time!

Luke 6:46-48

 

“So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say?

I will show you what it’s like when someone comes to me,

Listens to my teaching, and then follows it.

It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock.

When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built.

 

As a pastor, I have the same question that Jesus asked.  Why do Christians claim that Jesus is Lord when we don't do what Jesus says?  It is perplexing, as no one has twisted our arms to make a commitment to Christ.  All of us, that have accepted Christ as our personal Savior, know the rules.  Christ laid them out for us, clearly and directly.  Here is an example of what I am talking about and what Jesus was saying.  Everyone that is a Christian knows where we are supposed to be on Sunday.  Jesus was clear that we are to keep the Sabbath holy and attend worship in the local New Testament Church of our choosing.  So why does everyone not attend every Sunday?  We aren't supposed to have other things we have created to do on God's day.  Like most churches, we have multiple opportunities to praise God and study His Word on Sundays.  We even offer a meal after our morning worship and another meal after our evening worship, which are both free.  That doesn't change many of us disobeying God and just not coming or leaving early.  When people are asked, they say, "Of course I am a Christian!"  Really?  Then where are you going after worship when there is a meal and Bible Study?  Why do we choose to only attend worship for an hour on Sunday and do nothing else for God?  Here in Central Florida, we hurry off to the beach, theme parks, or water parks, having gotten our "ticket punched" for our one hour of attendance in God's house.  I know this devotion will not be the most popular one I have ever written, but it is one of the most honest.  Jesus looked the Jews in the eye and asked the question.  Notice, He concludes by offering to show all of us what it is like when someone TRULY and CONSISTENTLY follows Him.  So many of us are not getting anything substantial from God because we don't come to worship and Bible study regularly on Sunday, and do nothing with God during the week.  How do we expect to see God if we spend more time recreating than reviving?  Maybe this is the reason that many of our lives are very shallow.  God provides the depth and meaning.  Satan provides the superficial entertainment.  Let's heed Jesus's question before it is too late.  The next time He asks the question may very well be on the day of judgment.  We may just discover that all the "recreation time" we have created apart from God will continue indefinitely.   If that happens, it will be too late to make any life-changing decisions.  Build a solid foundation for your life in Christ.  If you don't, "You May End Up In The Sinking Sand Full Time!"