Proverbs 18 9-18-20

Today is a “Just Do It” day. If we’re gonna serve the LORD, then SERVE THE LORD! Let’s quit messing around.

9 One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.

Jesus said it this way, “He that is not with me is against me: and he that does not gather with me scatters.” Luke 11:23

Christianity is an all-in decision. It’s built on a relationship and not on what we do. We either agree to follow Christ and obey Him IN EVERYTHING or we continue to “serve Him” by practicing our religion. The problem is that religion does not please the Father. The ONLY thing that does is when we recognize and acknowledge Jesus His Son as our LORD and Savior–every day and in every way. As I quoted yesterday, God said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” Matthew 17:5.

When it comes to following Jesus, there is an event in the OT that really sums it up. Elijah called all the religious followers to come and present their offering to their god. Notice that their god was based upon their works whereas Elijah had a relationship with his God, Adonai. In fact, Elijah was following God’s orders (1 Kings 18:1). Let’s pick up on the story when everyone was assembled:

21 Then Elijah stood in front of them and said, “How much longer will you waver, hobbling between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him! But if Baal is God, then follow him!” 1 Kings 18:21

Elijah put it out there before them to put their money where their mouths were. He was telling them to quit investing in “religion,” which does NOT please God, but to invest in Adonai (and for us, Jesus), His call, and His mission, which DOES please the Father. They should have immediately agreed with Elijah and come over to his side, but that’s not what happened. The rest of the verse says,

“But the people were completely silent.”

May we NOT be like the people of Israel and put God to the test! If Jesus truly is our LORD and Savior, that should be enough for us to sink all our time, talents, money, resources, and our lives into HIM. He will include us in His work as HE sees fit–not us! In other words, quit being selective in how we serve Him. It’s His call, not ours. Anything else is “religion,” and is worthless. In fact, it’s detrimental to our relationship with Him because we THINK we’re pleasing Him when we are really impeding our relationship with Him. It’s called “grieving or quenching the Spirit” (Ephesians 4:30 and 1 Thessalonians 5:19).

NIKE has it right in this case. When it comes to serving the LORD, let’s quit messing around and JUST DO IT. Let’s get in His Word and ask Him to open our minds and hearts to its meaning and to His plan. Then, when He impresses us with what He wants us to do, let’s not become selective, but say, “Yes, LORD, Yes to Your will and to Your way…I will trust You and obey.” It is at this point that we are gathering with Christ instead of scattering because of our–let’s just say it–disobedience to His Spirit. No amount of religious talk or work can make up for disobedience. Let’s make it about HIM today, shall we?

Abba, I hate it when I don’t feel good–I’m tired, but not feeling good tends to boil out all the distractions that pull me away from hearing You clearly. So, thank You for how I feel today. May I use this time to seek Your face and hear Your voice.

I pray for my brothers and sisters in Christ that they don’t take offense, but rather seize this opportunity to “blow away the chaff” in their lives and get close to You. We need You. Come and make Yourself known to us. Amen.

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