Matthew West has a new song titled “Do Something.” In this song he talks about Christians who “live like angels of apathy,” when it comes to serving and taking care of the needs of the needy. Imagine if angels were as apathetic as Christians. What if the 80/20 rule prevailed among the heavenly angel community as it does in the earthly church community? You know the 80/20 rule: that’s where 80% of the work in and out of the church is done by 20% of the people. We’ve almost cheerfully embraced that Christian coolness towards service.
Too many Christians want to be served rather than serve. I praise God that is not the case at my church. Last week we had evening vacation Bible school and close to 80 volunteers worked in all areas needed to make our VBS a smashing success.
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Is it possible to live the Christian life with the Ten Commandments as a standard for living? I submit it is because my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ combined all ten commandments into two when asked which was the great commandment of the law:
“Jesus said to him, ‘“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.’” (Matthew 22:37-40)
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How can I know God’s will for my life? I get that question a lot from Christians. I’m currently working on a book on the subject, but I’m going to give you a sneak peek. I always answer that question with a question. Are you doing right now what you know God wants you to do? The responses, particularly facial expressions if I’m talking directly to them, are varied. Some people get it right away, which then bring different responses. Other people immediately say yes without really thinking it through. So let’s pretend this is your question and now I’ve answered you with my question.
Are you doing right now what you know God wants you to do? King Solomon warned:
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There’s a song by the band The Eagles titled “Busy Being Fabulous,” where the man in the song is lamenting about coming home to an empty house because his wife has decided to go out on the town again. She leaves him a note that says, “Don’t wait up for me tonight.” His wife is seeking the high-roller life instead of the wonderful quiet, country life they dreamed of when the first fell in love and got married. She’s out chasing dreams that she’s never going to realize.
I wonder how many Christians, or at least those who profess to be Christians, are just too busy being fabulous to allow God to do a real work in their lives? How many Christians live an insecure Christian life because of a false trust in man and the things of this world? How many Christians are trusting in earthly riches instead of heavenly treasures?
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Christian singer Jeremy Camp’s latest single is titled “Let It Fade” and in the first verse he asks, “Have you helped yourself to everything that’s empty?” That question really strikes home with me because for a very long time, fifteen years to be exact, I helped myself to everything and anything that left me feeling empty. If I’m not careful I can still do it today. This world not only helps itself, but it also promotes things that are empty. Emptiness is a strange phenomena today in a world of everything. However, it is only strange if you are looking through worldly eyes. When you look through spiritual eyes you see the truth:
“I said in my heart, ‘Come now, I will test you with mirth; therefore enjoy pleasure’; but surely, this also was vanity. I said of laughter— ‘Madness!’; and of mirth, ‘What does it accomplish?’ I searched in my heart how to gratify my flesh with wine, while guiding my heart with wisdom, and how to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was good for the sons of men to do under heaven all the days of their lives.” (Ecclesiastes 2:1-3)
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This past weekend my pastor, Dr. Dennis Brunet, preached from 2 Kings 13:14-21 and titled his message, “The Danger of A Small Commitment.” While commenting on King Joash’s actions, Brother Dennis said, “God let us measure the distance of your victory.” That stunned me for a number of reasons that I’ll share in a moment, but I want to first look at two verses:
“Then he said, ‘Take the arrows’; so he took them. And he said to the king of Israel, ‘Strike the ground’; so he struck three times, and stopped. And the man of God was angry with him, and said, ‘You should have struck five or six times; then you would have struck Syria till you had destroyed it! But now you will strike Syria only three times.’” (2 Kings 14:18-19)
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