When God decided to make man He said, “Let us make man in Our image,” (Gen 1:26). This means God gave man some of His own characteristics, characteristics that separated him from the animals, things like: The ability to think, to use language, solve complicated problems, the curiosity to discover, and He put eternity into the heart and mind of mankind. Then Adam sinned and the special fellowship we had with God was broken, and man was cast out from the presence of God. But man still bore God’s image, and therefore, man will never be complete until that fellowship is restored.
Today’s average Christian doesn’t seem to be making much progress toward restoring that lost fellowship. Today’s Christian is converted, joins the Church, and five years later he is right where he started, and ten years later he has fared no better. For a true seeker of God that will not do, for the testimony of a true seeker is, “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for You, O God. My soul thirst for God, for the living God,’ (Ps 42:1-2). That is the testimony of a true seeker after God, and nothing is going to slow their progress.
Something has been lost in the churches, so they offer something shiny on the outside to pretend that there is something real on the inside. But you cannot fool a true seeker of God with this kind of thing, for they know better.
Here to restore what was lost,
Recently we celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave. We celebrate because His resurrection means death has no dominion over Him. And because He is risen from the grave, we too are to be risen with Him to seek those things above.
As followers of Christ are not some commands set before us? Yes! For the Bible, and the holy voices of the saints that have gone before us exhorts us to obey those commands, and live by them. The Scriptures say, “Seek first the Kingdom of God,” And also, “Set your affection on things above.” Doesn’t this mean we are to put off our old ways, forgive everybody in the world, and dedicate our time to Him?
It has been said, “Too often we give God only the tattered remnants of our time.” Think about it, if Jesus Christ had given us only the remnant of His time, we would all be on our way to the darkness below that knows no morning. Christ did not give us His tattered leftovers of His time. He gave us all the time He had. But some of us give Him only the leftovers of our money, and of our talents, and never give our time fully to the Lord Jesus Christ who gave us His all. Because He gave us His all, we have what we have, and He now calls us to be “In this world like Him,” (1John 4:17).
Being a Mirror,
Jesus told His’ disciples they were to “Wait,” (Acts 1:4). Is there a timelier topic than waiting on God? Have we not all waited on, or presently are waiting on God for something? Isaiah said this about waiting on God, “Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him,” (Isa. 64:4). The word wait in the Hebrew language is a word-picture that means to entrench. We can say the idea in Isaiah statement is: God works for him that entrenches himself in Him, or waiting on God means we dig into Him.
What does it mean today to wait on God? Waiting for God means adjusting our lives to the truth concerning Him which we know. When circumstance are chaotic, when it is impossible to understand what is going on, or it is impossible to know what will be the outcome of this or that set of circumstances is going to be, that is the hour in which we are to wait for God; that is the hour we entrench in him. When a situation is uncertain, that is the hour we wait on the one thing we know is certain – God.
There are many uncertainties in life. Waiting for God means that I adjust my life to Him rather than to my circumstance, and set my hope on the unalterable fact of God.
When you read the Bible you come to understand that God has loved us from the very beginning, and has never stopped loving us. Yes God punishes sin, but He is such a loving God that He was willing to suffer His own punishment for sin so others would not have to suffer.
In a world today that seems chaotic, brutal, profane, uncaring, and hopeless, the light of God’s constant and continuous love is made known. God not only has never stopped carrying and loving you, He at any moment stands ready to forgive you of your sins. Therefore, God is calling for you to return to him, and wants you to return to him no matter what you have done. And he has made the way back to Him possible.
God is like the father in the parable of the Prodigal Son. After the son insulted the father and left to go live a wanton life, the father stood at the doorway of His home daily watching and waiting for his son to return. And when the father saw his son from a long way off, the father ran to him, embraced him, kissed him, and welcomed him back. So too our Heavenly Father patiently waits for His sons and daughters to return, and the moment you turn back to Him the Father runs to you, and welcomes you back, and that is because God has never forgotten His love for you, and has hoped all along that you would return to Him.
Why We Worship,
A missionary friend of mine went to Africa. It was his first trip to the continent, and he was not sure what a church service was going to be like. On the first Sunday he had the opportunity to preach he went to the pulpit and gave a typical twenty-five minute American sermon, and then sat down. His host approached him and asked, “Sir, have you prepared anything else?” My friend was surprised and said, “No.” The host replied to him, “Sir, you do not understand, some of these people have walked many hours through the night to be here to hear God’s Word, and they are expecting to hear more.” My friend return to the pulpit and preached everything he had. He did not leave the pulpit until many hours had passed, and still the people were hungry for more.
Imagine that, the people in the church were expecting more. What a juxtaposition the image of the African Church is with the American Church. The church in Africa is hungry for more, and expects more. In contrast the American Church has become filled with Santa Claus, and Easter Bunny Christians. The church has boiled their worship down to a bi-yearly nod to God. Somehow we have lost are desire to expect more, and to hunger for God’s Word. The modern American Christian feels that in worshipping God twice a year they have given their utmost for His highest. Many in the church today are better described as Cri-Easters then Christians.
Hunger for More,