First of all, as I begin this blog having been away from the site for the better part of a year. May I offer my apologies. I have invested virtually the entire year writing a series of books on of all topics, Bigfoot. But now, I am back in the driver’s seat and ready to go, so let’s get started. I thought I would share with you something that had occurred in my life about a year ago, which re-opened my eyes in a profound way, to the plight of many church-going people.
It was last October when I had approached a local pastor, about the availability of time in his parish, to speak on the subject of discipleship. After much discussion about the matter, the decision was made that he wanted to go ahead with it, saying also to me in the process, that surely God and the Holy Spirit is with you in this endeavour. So the plan was set in place for a date in November.
Having asked this pastor about how much time would be allowed, he said to me that the previous guest had spent 2 hours speaking about a book on Angels, and so I had prepared myself for the allotment. During this time he had also asked for me to put something together in the form of an announcement regarding who I was and what I would be doing. Well, when the time came and the announcement had appeared, none of that which I had given him was printed, and yet, a huge section was dedicated to an Elvis impersonator that was going to appear.
When the evening arrived, there were virtually 10 people there, most of which were invited by the pastor, who by the way said that he was going to try me out. Well, I did my due diligence, speaking for 90 minutes, and the evening ended. That was that. My question to all of you is this? How is it that a work that is begun in Christ needs to be approved by man? After the fact, he told me it was too long, and this after he had told me the previous speaker had spoken for 2 hours.
It’s my understanding that the house was packed with drinkers and revellers for the Elvis impersonator, and ten people were present for the discipleship seminar. I was prepared, having done what God had asked me to do, and once again, the majority of the church had other things to do for the evening. And so, what are your personal priorities as it pertains to the things of God? When Jesus came to Lazarus’s house, he met up with his 2 sisters, Mary and Martha. Mary sat immediately at his feet, while Martha busied herself with the preparations. When Martha complained of her sister’s inactivity, Jesus said, Mary, has chosen the more important thing.
They choose entertainment over prayer as a priority, and I do not. I have always said that you know who the foundation of your church is by those who show up for prayer, and not that everyone who is praying is always visible, but God knows who they are and that’s all that matters. The world has taken root in many churches and I will have none of it in my life. I want more of Christ and less of anything and everything else in my life. And to date, I still haven’t achieved anything worth bragging about in that regard. What are your priorities? To be continued….