I wonder sometimes…are you reading? Are you paying attention? The truth is I thrive on feedback. Tell me I did well. Tell me it stunk. Tell me you loved it or hated it. My ego may swell, my feelings may get hurt. Scream at me or smile at me, but whatever you do, don’t ignore me!
Every week I write in this space – musings on Scripture, stories about family, information about the Christian Arts Ministry, it’s not Pulitzer Prize winning prose but it is information designed to lift you spiritually, challenge you personally, and inform you in ministry. And so weekly I write and weekly I wonder…does any of it really make a difference?
So today I’m reading my Bible. Matthew 16:13 – 28 – it’s an amazing passage. I would encourage you to read and pray through it sometime. As I read I’m struck by a question unrelated to the words before me. I wonder if God feels the same about what He’s written to me as I feel about what I write you. Not that the two writings are anywhere near the same quality or significance, but if I crave feedback about my minor missive moments how much more must the God of Creation long for our response?
How often do we read God’s Word or hear it preached while thinking about something else? How many days have we left the words God penned in the blood of His own Son laying on the night stand? How long will we ignore the great gift of God’s revealed wisdom?
Throughout the Word we see people engaged in relationship with God. Sometimes they are penitent, sometimes pensive. Sometimes they cry, scream rebel, yell, rebuke, and fight against God’s leading. Sometimes they submit. Whatever the case, we never see the characters in Scripture we love ignore the Word of God. There is always a response.
So what about you? Are you lukewarm toward the things of God? Are you indifferent toward His Word? Are you so busy doing ‘things’ you miss the heart of God for yourself and those whom you lead or serve?
I know what you’re thinking…”I’ve heard all this before; read my Bible, pray more, do it every day…yeah, yeah, yeah…I’m coming to church; I serve when time allows. I give. What more do you want?”
I want desperately for us to be a people passionately pursuing the heart of God. This is not a statement about what we do as much as it is about who we are. It’s what it means to be a fully devoted follower of Christ.
We should be hungry for the Word of God. We should be passionate in our praise. We should be deliberate in our service, not doing things because things need to be done, but because we are fulfilling the ministry God has enabled us, called us to do. Our service in church is not filling a spot – it’s fulfilling a God given ministry that changes lives and changes eternity.
So it’s time to evaluate. It’s time for some feedback. If you’ve made it this far give me some feedback. How do you think you’re doing? Are you doing things just because things need to be done or because you are genuinely called by God to do them? Will you ignore the Word of God and His calling?
I may never hear from you about these articles in theScore. I may never know whether or not you’re reading this, whether or not I’m making sense or making a difference, and while it would bum me out that would be ok…the point of this article is not really to get praise or criticism about theScore. Dismiss or ignore me if you will, but please, please, please don’t ignore God and His Word. Don’t ignore His call on Your life. Don’t miss His heart for you and His desire for who you are.
I missed you all last week – it’s going to be good to be back together tonight! I’ll see you then.
Love y’all, God Bless,
Notes to Notice
6:00 Instrumental Ensemble in the Worship Center
6:30 Celebration Choir in RM800
7:30 All Together in
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