Daily Thought - Who Do We Think We Are?

Discussion in 'Thoughts for Today' started by anthony wade, Oct 5, 2012.

  1. “When a servant comes in from plowing or taking care of sheep, does his master say, ‘Come in and eat with me’? No, he says, ‘Prepare my meal, put on your apron, and serve me while I eat. Then you can eat later.’ And does the master thank the servant for doing what he was told to do? Of course not. In the same way, when you obey me you should say, ‘We are unworthy servants who have simply done our duty.’” – Luke 17: 7-10 (NLT)

    The devil runs amok in the modern American church. Yesterday a prominent mega church pastor with a congregation of over 12,000 people tweeted that the worst sin a ministry leader can make is to “bore people with the Bible.” I kid you not. This is the same pastor who wrote an op-ed piece in a national newspaper advocating for the Easter Bunny. This is the end result of secularism invading the church. This is the end result of compromise. This is the end result of carnal church growth theories such as the seeker friendly heresy. The fallen sinful world becomes something the church strives to be relevant to and the Bible becomes boring. Dear Lord, forgive us for our stubborn, prideful, sinful selves. This is a difficult message today for those who are neck deep in the showiness of modern churchianity. For those who think that somehow it has a sliver to do with them instead of having everything to do with Jesus. But it is a message that needs to be preached and taught more. Who is God and who do we think we are?

    The key verses are from Jesus Himself, teaching His disciples. The interesting thing is that this is in response to the disciples asking Jesus how they could increase their faith! So many of us today seek the same thing – to increase our faith. Jesus is teaching that we cannot even address how to increase faith until we ensure that the nature of our relationship is correct in our hearts. The first truth from the key verses today is going to sting some a bit but Jesus is our Master and we are His servant. Ouch. I know this flies in the face of a lot of contemporary cultural teachings and the whole “friend of God” theology. You see the devil is very smart beloved. He knows the best way to cripple the church, God’s chosen instrument to reach the lost, is to have them spread their own bad theology. Because we see churches that are more interested in padding pew numbers than spreading the Gospel, we see a watering down of the true Gospel. Instead we see a fluffy cloud gospel where everything is grace and love. Within these bad theologies Jesus gets turned into our buddy or our next door neighbor instead of our Lord and our King.

    This letter is from John to the seven churches in the province of Asia. Grace and peace to you from the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come; from the sevenfold Spiritbefore his throne; and from Jesus Christ. He is the faithful witness to these things, the first to rise from the dead, and the ruler of all the kings of the world. All glory to him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by shedding his blood for us. He has made us a Kingdom of priests for God his Father. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen. – Revelation 1: 4-6 (NLT)

    He is the ruler over all of the kings of the world! He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords! He is not your next door neighbor – He is your Lord. That means He is someone you are supposed to turn your lives over to as a servant. Was Abraham called friend of God? Yes but not in Genesis! He was called that later on in the Bible and only after reviewing two steps of faith that I will venture none of us have ever had to face – leaving everything we know behind at the behest of God and being willing to sacrifice our only child for Him. I am glad that I am friends with God but that is only after I recognize His sovereignty in my life. The church is teaching you can be friends with God without giving your life over to Him and that is dangerous theology.

    Not only is He the Master, but we are the servant! That is right; our role is to serve God. According to the key verses we are servants to God first and foremost. We prepare His meal and serve Him before we get to sit down and eat. Now, Jesus is using this as a metaphor. What He is teaching is that serving God must come in our lives before pleasing ourselves. We must think about the things of God before the things of self. Too often we try to fit Christ into our busy lives instead of making our life about Christ. Church today doesn’t teach us to have a servant mentality but rather a consumer mentality. Sure, maybe once a year we will hear a sermon about Jesus washing the disciples feet but the rest of the year congregants are catered to as if they are doing the church a favor by attending! People leave churches when their consumer needs are not being met. They leave because the nursery is too small, parking is not spacious enough, or the music isn’t to their preference. Yeah, those are the reasons Christ died on an old wooden cross – so we can have unmolested parking. We need to get over ourselves and realize that the transaction we made with God was a life for a life. Christ gave His life to save ours but in return, we are supposed to give our life right back to Him in servitude.

    “If you love your father or mother more than you love me, you are not worthy of being mine; or if you love your son or daughter more than me, you are not worthy of being mine. If you refuse to take up your cross and follow me, you are not worthy of being mine. If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it. – Matthew 10: 37-39 (NLT)

    Father and mother? I know Christians who love golf more than they love the Lord. That may sound harsh but we need to take a serious look at what we choose to spend our time on and see where God ranks. You might be shockingly surprised. We cling to so much in our lives and in this world. Things God is trying to get us to let go of for our own good.

    Two final points remain from the key verses and the first one has to do with another word the modern church shies away from – obedience. Note that Jesus does not say if you obey but rather – when. There should never be a question about obedience for a Christian. Today however we see so many excuses being offered up constantly for why obedience is not adhered to. The bottom line is we like to do what we like to do and we will cling to it with all sorts of excuses. I have heard the most twisted and contorted arguments for Halloween from Christians. Even non-Christians will admit to the evil nature of the holiday before participating Christians! The Bible says that we are to run away from the mere appearance of evil. We are to come out from among them. Jesus died to defeat the devil not so we can go celebrate his holiday. I know, I know, everyone else is doing it and how can I deny my child. We deny our children every single day beloved – that is what parenting is. Deciding what is and is not in the best interest of your child. Obedience is obedience is obedience.

    The final point is the conclusion of the verses where Jesus says what our attitude should be like when we do what we are supposed to do. It should not be a showy praiseworthy event when Christians do what they are supposed to do. We are simply doing our duty. I write this because there is a spirit of haughtiness invading many churches these days. It is easy to spot if you have discernment but difficult if you are in the middle of it because it is always wrapped up in the name of Jesus. Remember, we are in church to glorify God, not man. So if you see worship that is overly showy in nature with a lot of bells and whistles drawing attention away from God and onto man; that is the narcissistic spirit I am speaking about. Volume jacked up to ear-bleeding levels to overcompensate for the lack of the true Holy Spirit of God. Things choreographed in a fake way, forcing participation as if it were a concert. Showy costumes, florescent clothing, and excessive movement. Remember, - ANYTHING that distracts from God cannot be considered worship. The same thing goes for the rest of the service. The speaker having a style that distracts from God. Over-usage of props and illustrations. Topical sermons instead of expository – not using the Word of God to back up points being made. Overemphasis on tithing. Beyond the services you will see the proud spirit running rampant throughout the church. Ministries will behave in a very showy manner as well. Obvious secularism will be present and explained away as trying to “reach as many as possible for Jesus.” The faithful of these churches will take to Facebook and social media every week to brag about their church – not their God. Lip service might be paid to throw off those easily confused but the glory will be going to man or to the building instead of to the Almighty. This is what Jesus is speaking against here as the key verses close. When we obey the Master and do our job, we should humbly realize that we have merely done our duty. Who do we think we are today? Jesus next door neighbor or servant? Humbly serving or boasting and braggadocios? Let us all be mindful and careful because obedience is not merely implied – it is expected.

    Rev. Anthony

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