IT'S TIME - TO SEEK THE LORD
Updated: Sep 16, 2018
One of the great desires of my heart is to see those around me prospering in life. Not just in our day to day natural life, but in our emotional well-being, our mental well-being, and our spiritual well-being.
Each of these areas of life are interwoven and controlled by whatever we give ourselves fully to.
To some, PHYSICAL PROWESS is all important (the sports person or elite athletes)
To others, INTELLECT, or MENTAL ACUITY becomes the measure of worth (Academics)
And to others EMOTIONAL ACCEPTANCE is key to their wellbeing. Being able to express their feelings is vital.
For some it is being SPIRITUALLY CONNECTED with God,
The Bible teaches us:
"Those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing" (Psalm 34:10)
God has called us into a life and relationship with Him, and He has promised if we seek Him, He will give us a life that is abundant and fulfilling. As our creator He know exactly what is necessary to fulfill us in every area of life.
Jeremiah 29:12-14 "You will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I WILL LISTEN TO YOU, and you will seek Me, and find Me, when you you search for Me with all yor heart. I will be found by you says the Lord, and I will bring you back from your captivity."
Some times we can be held in captivity to a habit, or a certain lifestyle that isnt good for us. God's promise is to bring us out of captivity if we call on Him. PRAISE GOD we do have a God that promises to LISTEN TO US and RESPOND.
We live in a society today that is increasingly anti-christian and the true believer is being called on to MAKE A DISTINCTION between themselves and the world. We need to be a people with a point of distinction to those around us. Do people see something in you that they desire? Is your lifestyle something that others admire, O I'm not talking about what you have materially, but who you are in character, as a person.
WHAT SETS YOU APART FROM NON-BELIEVERS AROUND YOU?
Napolleon Boneparte: In the early years of his career, this military commander would hold himself aloof from not only his subordinates but also his peers. He considered himself above normal men and demonstrated that through his brilliant military strategies.
However history also records that while on the march between battles Napoleon would mount his horse and sleep. This habit had great impact on his soldiers and produced an alarming respose.
Many of the soldiers as they much took up the habit, jumpin on suply wagons or horses and going to sleep leaving themselves vulnerable to attack. They were moving forward, yet asleep, INDIFFERENT to everything around them.
Many in the Church today are the same concerning spiritual matters. Like Boneparte's men, doing what needs to be done to appear right before God, but in fact being asleep, indifferent to what is happening spiritually around them and in them.
WHAT IS INDIFFERENCE?
Indifference is defined as:
Being without interest or concern, not caring, apathetic
Indifference shows no bias, no preference or prejudice; it is impartial and disinterested
Considers things as routine or average without influence.
Everyone of us can be indifferent about things we have no interest in or things we do not value. But we should never be indifferent to the things of God. When we choose to actively pursue the things of God, we are taught that God will impose His goodness on our lives.
Psalm 84:11 "The Lord will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly"
There is no sin more devastating to the individual christian and to the body of Christ than the sin of indifference. We need to seek God, to be in tune to the purposes of God in our lives.
In Matthew 22:1-5 we have a parable of a wedding feast where the King (God) invited individuals to the wedding of His Son.
In verse 5 we read "but they made light (were not concerned, ignored, paid no attention, were indifferent) of it and went their own ways, one to his own farm, another to his business."
They were too busy doing their own thing, too busy with work, too busy with family, too busy with the things of pleasure, too busy with their world for the King. They did not VALUE or ESTEEM the invitation of the King.
ARE YOU LIKE THE INVITED GUESTS? - too busy to seek God.
When it comes to the kingdom of God, His will, His call on your life or the worship of God, are you guilty of the sin of indifference?
Are you actively pursuing a close knowledge of and intimacy with Christ? Are you interested in the will of God for your life. Do you value the purposes of God above your own pleasure?
The people in Jesus parable discovered there is great danger in being indifferent. In verses 7-8 we discover the King was furious and sent his armies to destroy them and their city, declaring to His servants "those who were invited were not worthy".
Hebrews 10:31 "It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God."
God's judgement will eventually fall on those who ignore Him.
He is calling His Church back to seek His face again.
"Revelations 3:15-16 "I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot: I'd rather you were cold or hot. So then because you are lukewarm, and neither cold or hot, I will spew you out of my mouth."
There is a place in God where He abundantly provides for His people, a place of RESTORATION, a place of God's grace and love. That place is in genuine, purposeful relationship with Him through His Son Jesus Christ.
Will you join Him and seek His face, His purpose with your whole heart. God's abundance and blessing awaits.