Proverbs 11 10-11-20

How serious does a situation have to get before we get serious about our lives? Christ takes precedence over everything!

2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.

We tend to live our lives as if they will stay the same forever. Even if our circumstances are bad, we tend to see them as permanent. The problem is that the only constant in our lives is “change.” From cars that quit running (had that happen recently) to governments changing (we’re liable to see that soon), life is full of change.

The only REAL Constant is the love of God through Jesus Christ our LORD. His Spirit in us gives us hope in worrisome days, peace in the midst of storms, and joy on the inside regardless of what’s going on outside. I’ll bet you’re wondering why the pep talk. It’s because I’m going to ask you to do something that you’ll probably think is not necessary, that things are not bad enough, or that it’s not for you. We’ll see…

If Christ were to come tomorrow, would He find you doing His work? If Christ were not to come in your lifetime, would your life cause Him to say, “Well done, My good and faithful servant?” In our current political and social climate, let’s rise above both and put our sights on what is truly important: Getting the message of Christ out to the world. How?

  1. Our actions speak much louder than our words. What we consider important says a lot about what/Who we worship. Since Paul’s establishment of the church outside of Israel, Christians have made and kept Sunday as our “special day” (because of Christ’s resurrection on the first day of the week) to come together as believers and worship together. It’s not really our “Sabbath,” but it IS the day agreed upon by this body of believers, i.e. Brookwood, to come together for Bible study, fellowship, worship, and to hear what the LORD has put on our pastor’s heart. Let’s make Sunday Special again.
  2. Where we spend our time in public says a lot to unbelievers. If we are no different than they in where we eat, what we drink, and what we listen to, then our relationship with Christ must not be at the top of our agenda. The LORD Jesus is all about recreating Himself in us. Are we allowing Him to do that?
  3. The goals we have in this world sometimes outweigh the goals we have for His world (heaven). We must remember that in heaven, there is no sin; it is judged at the door, so to speak. Everything from this life that is not godly and holy is left behind as we enter eternity. The problem is that if worldly possessions are all we have, then we have no gift to give to our King. BAD NEWS. Health, wealth, and a free calendar do NOT count as eternal goals. God is in charge of our lives; allow Him to be in charge.
  4. I’m sure that you think that I harp on you about reading your Bibles. There’s a good reason for it: God speaks to us through the Scriptures! Do you want to hear God talk out loud to you? Then read His Word out loud. If you’re not interested in Him having a say in your life, or if you are not interested in hearing what He has to say, then, by all means, ignore His Word. Otherwise, dust it off and break it open! Then, start listening.

I told you it wasn’t pretty. It’s time for us to quit playing “Christian” and get down to business. Our neighbors are scared, our nation is divided, and we’re acting just like lost folks. How do we remedy this situation? We REPENT and PRAY. TOGETHER. Let’s start today. See you in church (a lot of you, anyway).

Abba, may I be about Your business today. As we honor our police and Highway Patrol today (Faith In Blue), may You call them to honor You by giving You their lives. May Your Spirit whoosh down on us and bring revival. Me first, LORD! Even if it hurts. Amen.

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