In the book of Acts, chapter 13, Paul was attending services on the Sabbath in Antioch. When the question arose if anyone had something to share to do so now, Paul stood up. He told of the history of God reaching out to the Israelites via the prophets, supernatural provision in the desert, the Promised land, the birth of Jesus Christ, etc. Towards the end of his message Paul says, “Dear brothers and sisters, children of Abraham, and friends of God, this message of salvation has been precisely targeted to you. The citizens and rulers in Jerusalem didn’t recognize who He (Jesus) was and condemned Him to death. They couldn’t find a good reason, but demanded that Pilate execute Him anyway. They did just what the prophets said they would do, but had no idea they were following to the letter the script of the prophets, even though those same prophets are read every Sabbath in their meeting places.” (Acts 13:26-28 MSG)
Paul’s point was, “You guys read the Scriptures about all this every single weekend yet don’t seem to get it! Your way to salvation, life, everything, is right before your eyes and you’re missing it!” I wonder if WE do the same thing. We read our Bibles but don’t “get it.” Maybe we read it in a hurry. Maybe we read it for knowledge instead of for KNOWING. Maybe we attend church every weekend but can’t tell someone what last week’s message was about. We’ve learned how to “do” church instead of how to “be” the church.
It’s time for change. Here’s how to get things on track……..“Test yourselves to make sure you are solid in the faith. Don’t drift along taking everything for granted. Give yourselves regular checkups. You need firsthand evidence, not mere hearsay, that Jesus Christ is in you. Test it out. If you fail the test, do something about it.” 2 Corinthians 13:5 (MSG)
Today, get honest with God. Ask Him for help. Allow Him to purify your heart, your motives, and your desires. Seek Him sincerely and then take or make time to listen. Be quiet, be still……and know; just know. Know that HE is God and HE is right there….WITH you, FOR you, and IN you. As you listen, He will speak. Then, simply acknowledge and obey. He does the rest. Amen? Amen!
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Pastor Kevin Kinchen