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Nothing Can Be Hidden From God

Hebrews 4:13

Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

RayMcDI was talking on the phone the other evening – as I traveled home from the church – with my daughter – the one who is a police officer. In the short time we were talking – I noticed several vehicles running red lights. I told her I could earn my salary with tickets if I was an officer. She laughed.

Just my luck – I ran a red light last year. I thought I could get through on yellow – and it just happened to have a camera (and I didn’t make it). Well $75 later I learned to not run yellow lights. We need cameras on more lights. If more people were hit with a $75 ticket – we might see less red light infractions.

If your parents were like mine – they always seemed to know what was going on in the home (and around the home). I’m not sure if we had a squealer (my brother or sister) or if they just had a sense about things. It seemed like I could never get away with anything. Nothing seemed to be hidden from them. Continue reading

January 13, 2017 Posted by | Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What is a Life Worthy of the Lord?

Colossians 1:9-10

9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. 10 And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,

What is a life worthy of the Lord?  Do we ever ask ourselves that question?  Do we ever reflect on what a worthy life looks like?  Do we reflect on whether or not we let Christ shine in us, through us, and in spite of us?

Sunday in the message we talked about worship being all about God.  It isn’t about our desires – our wants – our preferences.  We asked some deep yet simple questions.  We didn’t offer many answers to the questions – but rather left them for us to contemplate.  We asked the following;

  1. What is our mindset when we come to worship?
  2. What hinders us from coming into the presence of God?
  3. What are we willing to give up to worship God?

We were preaching from the story of the Magi seeking after Jesus.  They had a singular focus – a singular mindset – to seek and find Jesus.  They were not going to allow anything to hinder them from being in the presence of Jesus.  They were willing to give up everything – they left their homes and kingdoms to seek after Jesus – not knowing if they would still be there when they returned home.  The answers to these three questions might bring us closer to knowing what it means to offer a worship service or to live a life worthy of the Lord.

I once coined the phrase Christianity boils down to attitude.  Before you tear that apart theologically – let me share that I believe salvation is through grace – offered by Christ from the Cross of Calvary.  Yielding our lives to Christ – as our Lord and Savior – is how we are saved.  My phrase is not talking about salvation – it is talking about our Christian walk.  Attitude is – in my humble opinion – a good measuring rod of a person’s walk in the Lord.  Paul writes;

Philippians 2:5 – Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:

We all might know people who attend church – who have memorized Scripture – who have other signs of faith – yet have attitudes that leave much to be desired.  If we were looking for a clear sign of a mature Christian – it might lie more in their attitude than in their actions.  Many will have clean acts on the outside – while inside their attitudes are evil in so many ways.  Persons who can shred people with their tongue – who are constantly negative or divisive in the Body of Christ are not mature in their faith.  Again we read in Scripture;

Hebrews 4:12-13 – 12 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

If we are looking for how we can offer a life worthy of the Lord I would suggest we search our heart before we search our actions.  Do we have a critical heart/spirit?  Do we find ourselves being judgmental of others?  Are we striving to encourage a sister or brother – or to tear them down?  If Christianity boils down to attitude – the position and condition of one’s heart – we might all need to examine ourselves more on what is inside us – rather than what is seen on the outside.

If the heart is right – the actions will follow.  If the heart is not right – the actions can only be faked for so long – and we can never fake out God.

Something to think about today as you go on your way.

November 9, 2010 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Theology | , , | 1 Comment

   

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