I started attending church when I was quite young. I loved it. I said yes to salvation as soon as I could understand my great need for Jesus. I was young and I could only grasp a few truths at the time. I forget how many times I went to be prayed for to get saved again and again (after that first time), if only to remove the enormous guilt I felt for sinning one more (last) time! This was until I began to understand that my sins were forgiven once and for all and what was expected of me after that first time was to repent!
Truths to Ponder on: Sin is doing that which is not right in God’s eyes. To repent is to make a conscious decision with your heart to turn away from your sin, walk away from the sin, turn to God for forgiveness and to walk in the right way.
I found something else in my walk with God. While He is my Father, my Friend, my Counselor, my Provider…the list is endless, God is also a great God, above all other gods. There is a sin that I notice creeping but as all other sins has no power over my life unless I allow it. It is the sin of getting too familiar with God that I forget His greatness, His hatred for sin and my desperate need for Him.
The Englishmen have said it well, “Familiarity breeds contempt.” All this to mean that you begin to treat what you are used to (familiar with) with less respect, less awe and less expectation.
Have you ever been so eager to tell a close friend something exciting and when you finally get that alone time, you notice that they are not only uninterested but something else seems to have their complete attention? How do you feel at that very moment? I would feel totally ashamed, rejected, despised, disrespected, ignored and unimportant.
In the same breathe, what if this is the same way we relate to God? Only that we are the uninterested friend, whose attention is solely on something else! What if, He wants to let you know a truth (God is always communicating truth), ultimately for your good, but your eyes, your ears are set on something else!
I have found myself in that similar position. Taking time to do seemingly “important stuff” with the promise of temporal reward and ignoring God’s small still voice. I could be working on my work project, or watching the most recent series in town, or catching up with up-to-the-minute news on TV, reading a novel (I can read like my life literally depends on it), blogs, social networking or just lazing around – and at that very moment it seems like it is the right thing to do. In fact, if you tried to pull me away, it would be causing injury to our friendship.
Revelation 3:17-19, 22 (Amplified Bible) For you say I am rich; I have prospered and grown wealthy, and I am in need of nothing; and you do not realize and understand that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind and naked. Therefore I counsel you to purchase from Me gold refined and tested by the fire, that you may be [truly] wealthy, and white clothes to clothe you and to keep the shame of your nudity from being seen, and salve to put on your eyes that you may see. Those whom I [dearly and tenderly] love, I tell their faults and convict and convince and reprove and chasten [I discipline and instruct them]. So be enthusiastic and in earnest and burning with zeal and repent [changing your mind and attitude]. He who is able to hear, let him listen to and heed what the [Holy] Spirit says to the assemblies (churches).
All this time, I have been the one missing out on the big picture. I have been missing out of true wealth and a growing relationship with God. I thought I was okay being too self-reliant and self-puffed to notice my utter need of God’s intervention. All day, I had worked and given all my worldly wisdom to the work project, not seeking God’s help or advice and at the end of the day, I had to do it all over again. According to my superior, I had done it the wrong way from the start! Such a bummer! I gave all my time to that series and all I got from it was that infidelity works – especially if its kept secret, marriage is boring, there is that one person who just gets it (I mean they know the solution to just every problem), homosexuality works (you can easily adopt a child). I read the novel – wow that love story seemed so real, I loved that the characters I hoped would hook up did at the very end! Fairy tales do work! I would do us all injustice by going into the gory details of all my indulgences but oh my, all the things I gave my time to instead of God left me wretched, pitiable, poor, blind and naked. I won’t lie, for the time I was engrossed in them, they were very electrifying!
The LIE is: I am not in need of nothing. The TRUTH is: I am in need of everything God has to give me! All other things have failed me apart from God. People, things, my self-reliance and pride fall short each and every time!
God will cover my nakedness; He desires to make me truly wealthy only if I go to Him. I just need to tune out of the frequencies that have got me hooked to sin and get hooked to Him. God tenderly loves me, He has told me of my faults so that I can once again burn with zeal for Him.
Tough Questions: Would you say your complete attention is on what God has to say? Where is your attention? What frequency are you tuned to? Is God honoured by your choices? Is God speaking to you right now? Will you listen or would you rather lose out?
Lesson: Let’s open our ears and listen to realize and understand that we are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind and naked when we treat God with less respect, less awe and less expectation. Don’t get too familiar with God that you miss His best for you!