26 If anyone thinks he is religious, without controlling his tongue but deceiving his heart, his religion is useless. 27 Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world. James 1:26,27
I often look around at the church today, in all its complacency and pride and think that we have missed the mark by a large margin. The church as a whole has a great sin. I don’t want you to misunderstand my intentions right off the bat today. I am not pointing fingers at the you the readers who are church goers without pointing the fingers right back at me. But we as Christians, as members of the church have a sin that is being over looked daily, and I believe it is one of the things Papa God is telling me is preventing revival in todays church. We have played church for to long now.
We get dressed up in all our religious pomp and circumstance ever Sunday morning, fight with ourselves to get out of bed and just get church over with. The majority make no other effort through the week to make a conscious, deliberate contact with God and then show up on Sunday morning expecting to see some great miracle, at least they claim, and in their heart of hearts and in their minds they are just wondering when the preacher is going to hurry up and finish his sermon so they can be dismissed and go to the Cracker Barrel for lunch, and get home for their afternoon nap.
WAKE UP! You have fallen asleep while you were left at the guard post. The Master is coming! Be alert! The Bible isn’t ment to set on your shelf or in your car Monday-Saturday and only be opened when the Preacher tells you to open to a passage on Sunday morning during service. Open it, DAILY, it is Gods holy word to you.
GET BUSY! Not for business sake, but to be found the “good and faithful servant”. How else will you hear the “well done” from the Master? James 1:26-27 is very clear that God doesn’t want religion. God wants an honest heart, that takes care of those who can not take care of themselves. God wants us to love those who can not love themselves. God wants us to be His hands, His feet, His arms, showing His heart! This is the only true religion!
GO! You don’t have to go to some forgiven mission field to go. Go to your neighbors house, your families house where you know there is suffering, illness, strife, trials, weakness. Go to that widowed mother who has a child with special needs. Reach out to what the world has labeled unloveable, they might just be more loveable than any person you know if you would just remove your own personal label of bad from them to see the good. Go to the senior adults house that seems a little odd and strange, but desperately needs help mowing their lawn. GO! Be good stewards of the time you have been given. Don’t be selfish with it, creating for yourselves idols of useless things, that wont matter in 5 years or 10 years.
Where will you put your focus? You can choose this. Will you set yourself apart from the world, to show the world a God that loves them and wants them reconciled back to Him. Or will you go along at the worlds pace chasing the things of the world that moths can each, time can cheat, thieves can steal, and rust can destroy?
I will leave you with a simple recipe for revival, and if you truly in your heart of hearts want revival to come it has to start with you! Revival isn’t just one week out of the year where the church has a bunch of passionate preachers come in and everyone gets fired up to sit on their heals and do nothing. Revival can chance a nation! But it has to change you first.
“If my people who are called by my name would humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their evil ways, I will hear from heaven, forgive their sins, and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14”
God is talking to you, don’t miss this chance to see His face!
Take a moment to worship Him. Click the link below, it leads to a music video. Beg God to bend you. Beg God to start revival in your heart. Ask Him to show you, your sin. Ask Him for forgiveness.