GOD WANTS YOU!
All of us have a memory bank that is filled with everything from pleasant and good experiences to the pain and anguish of past hurts and failures. If we are truthful with ourselves, we will realize that there are issues in our past that have been filed away in our memory banks, waiting to be recalled at a moment’s notice. Take a minute and open the door of memories and see what you have stored away. Many of those things should have been dealt with years ago, but we seem to glory in reliving the hurts and wounds of yesteryear. Did we not bring those things to the foot of the cross? If we did, why did we pick them up again and hide them in our memory banks? Satan is one of the great “hackers” of all time and will open up our memory compartments and let some of those “mistakes” we made creep back into our consciousness. Soon we are dwelling more on past failures than our achieved goals. If you are more aware of past hurts than past victories, why not clean out the storage areas right now and get rid of those issues from your past that have hindered your daily life? Just throw them at the foot of the cross and this time don’t sneak back and reclaim them!
Can you remember the time you accepted God’s offer of His Son to you? When God approached the door of your heart and drew you to His Son? (John 6:44) When you said “yes”, you became a Believer. It was not an act of work on your part, rather a simple step of faith. Today, churches are occupied by these confessionaries. As you look around in these houses of mortar you see many empty pews and sedimentary faces. You know that your fellow congregants are Believers, just like you, but something is lacking and, to be truthful, you realize something is missing in your life. But you can’t put your finger on it. Maybe the story of the descendants of three brothers and their unusual request to Moses, and then to Joshua, will shed some light on this issue.
The children of Reuben, Gad, and Mannasa requested of Moses that they would be allowed to stay on the eastern side of the Jordan River and not have to enter the Promised Land, the land flowing with milk and honey. Moses had agreed to their petition. Almost a year later, and standing on the banks of the Jordon River, the three Tribes made their request again, this time to Joshua who had taken over for the deceased Moses. Joshua reaffirmed Moses’ decision. It seems incredible that two and a half tribes rejected the Promised Land for a land so inferior. (Numbers 32; Joshua 1) Today, Pastors face bewilderment when they see some of their flock content to be “Savior Believers” but not “Lord Followers.” So many believe all they have to do in response to God’s beckoning is to give a verbal acknowledgement and then they are a Believer with nothing more required of them; after all, it is by faith and not by works. In Romans 12:1, Paul called upon those who accepted God’s invitation to salvation to step forward and present themselves a living sacrifice. In other words, it was time to give evidence to their commitment by reporting for service. It was time to “cross over and possess the land.” God had done His part, now it was time for them to do their part. Jesus is our Savior (evidenced by faith) but Jesus also needs to be our Lord (evidenced by works.) Willing to cross the Jordon is, in reality, saying, “I am ready to serve the Lord.”
When we are willing to take the next step in the Kingdom of God, the Holy Spirit will begin to mold us, along with other believers, into the Body of Christ. We are no longer a “lone ranger,” but are formed into the visible Body of Christ. (Rom 12: 4, 5; I Cor. 12: 13-26) People of the world begin to see not a dysfunctional group of people, but Jesus Himself. The Bible teaches that no one comes unto the Father, except through Jesus. (John 14: 6) So when the world sees us as the representative figure of Jesus, they will be drawn to Him through God and then presented to God through Jesus. God is calling us into service. It’s more than just faith, it is also works. (James 2: 17) It is more than being an “attender,” it’s being a “contender” in the Kingdom of God. It is time for the Believer to proclaim, “GOD, IT IS NO LONGER WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR ME, BUT WHAT CAN I DO FOR YOU?” When the Church wakes up and realizes what is expected of it, there will not be an empty pew or stagnant believer anywhere in sight.