A Pastor’s Perspective 4.28.17
People are desperate! An authentic encounter with the living God will change everything. This is what many people long for, but may not realize their real need. As I have become keenly aware of the reality of my life, I am convicted by the Holy Spirit of some things that I really would rather not admit. But I believe my story can help others.
My life is filled with much activity for God. It has been that way for many years now, and only recently have I truly been convicted of the fact that God is not looking for activity…He is calling me and you into a relationship with Him. It’s easy to become inundated with busyness. My calendar is filled with meetings, preparation time for sermons and mid-week Bible studies, and various activities and events in the church and community. This is on top of my responsibilities as a husband and father.
My friends, it is very possible to be caught up in a life that revolves around activities, even “good” activities for God. It is also highly likely that we do so and neglect the most important thing.
First, let me share a statement I have realized from reading Gospel, by J D Greear; There is nothing I can do to make God love me more and there is nothing I can do to make God love me less.
In my church background, I was inadvertently encouraged that God was very pleased with me if I was very busy for Him. I was taught to get as active as possible in a local church even if that meant forsaking my wife and children. As I look back, I would say that the mantra of many local churches is “DO, DO, DO!”
I don’t believe this teaching was purposeful. What I am saying is I believe many people like me have been taught to “get saved, be baptized, and join the church” without ever being intentionally discipled to understand the importance of an ongoing personal relationship with Jesus.
However, we aren’t to “get saved” and then be set free to live however we desire and choose. Personally, I’ve noticed a lack of ongoing nurturing and discipleship with new Christians and I think it’s been unintentionally communicated that after we are “saved”, then it’s pretty much up to each new believer “to make it the best we can.”
So with this first of many blog posts, I want to ask my Christian readers a few questions: what does your daily walk of faith and obedience with Jesus Christ look like? Are you being intentionally discipled (taught)? Do you sense that your activity for the church and/or God has overshadowed your growing relationship with Jesus?
Has anyone shared the biblical gospel with you? May I?
God made everything, including you, and He said, “It is good.” Sin entered the picture through Adam and Eve and separated us from the Good and Holy God. In God’s plan He would come to us through Jesus Christ. Jesus came to teach us and show us the way to be reconciled with God. Through Jesus Christ’s death on the Cross, we can be forgiven for our sin, set free from the burden of sin, and be restored once again to God’s original purpose for us in the beginning.
Have you heard this before? Would you like to talk more?
I would welcome the opportunity to speak with you about your relationship with God. You can contact me personally by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will respond as quickly as I can.
Carlyle Hall, Jr.