There are plenty who aren’t. Have you noticed? There’s Mr and Mrs Dabbler who come along once a week to the church. They seem to have the idea that a Sunday attendance will keep them onside with God for another week, just enough to keep them out of hell.
They don’t stay for the coffee and cookies. As for getting involved in the church: “Oh we’re much too busy.” Usually in worldly things. Then they wonder why God isn’t doing much in their lives. For them the scriptures remain just ink on paper.
You’ve probably met Mr and Mrs Toedipper. Not much different to the Dabblers really. They are like the potential swimmer who goes to the pool once a week, puts his/her big toe in it, decides that’s enough, then goes off to sunbathe for a couple of hours. It’s easier that way, just as sitting in the pew is easy. Sit, stand, sing, listen, go home. No involvement.
Mr and Mrs Gimme have been listening to the prosperity preachers. To them God is the great Santa Claus in the sky. It's gimme this, gimme that. “Well, God, a new lounge suite would be nice, and make it soon.” Or “Lord, we need a brand new car.”
Brother, sister, get serious with God, in terms of actually doing something for Him. Then you’ll see God in action, changing the circumstances, doing supernatural things. The scripture says, “If you draw near to God, He will draw near to you.” (James 4:8) To draw near to God means making sacrifices, making time to actually work for God, in addition to prayer and reading the Word.
So many want to receive from God, but won’t do anything for Him.
Let’s be clear. Working for God in itself doesn’t save if you don’t have faith in Jesus and haven’t repented. Salvation comes by Jesus’ shed blood, not your efforts.
Yet faith and works should go hand in hand. James says “Thus also, faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” (James 2:17) Would you like to stand before the Lord and have your faith declared as dead?
The believers in Acts (it means they took action) saw God perform the supernatural because of their attitude. Faint-hearted, half-hearted they were not. They gave up their time for God, took risks for Him.
Back to wholeheartedness. The Bible (as usual) is direct and to the point. “And whatever you do, do it heartily as to the Lord, and not unto men.” (Colossians 3:23) That can apply to your daily job but also it applies to doing God’s work. Do it heartily, then you’ll see God begin to reveal Himself to you.
[The characters in this article are totally fictitious. No resemblance is intended to any person living or dead.]
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