Outside church, things seems more fun and exciting but the consequences at the end won’t be exciting. Matthew 7:14-20 But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it. “Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves. You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.
Worry about being in a church that brings you closer to God, refuse to be in a church that you’ll come back the same. Be with people who edify you.
Galatians 1:23-24 All they knew was that people were saying, “The one who used to persecute us is now preaching the very faith he tried to destroy!” And they praised God because of me.
If you knew whether Jesus was black or white, would it change how you relate with Him? I always ask myself, during his time, there were writers, how is it that no one can give a clear answer about his race? Our relationship with God is spiritual, cannot be manipulated. No amount of research will connect you to God but a sincere heart. John 4:24 For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.” All what was necessary for us to know was recorded. Those who wrote the scriptures, were inspired by the Holy Spirit . People who saw Jesus in his physical being could not connect to him. Even after seeing all the miracles the disciples continued to doubt. It’s the revelation of who Jesus is than the information we can gather about him that will sustain our relationship with Him.
No matter how gifted you are in preaching the Word if God, always remember that, it’s God who makes the ultimate transition to salvation. If a person can find salvation while drunk, through situations that God creates, that should humble us and reminds us that there is nothing we can do to make God relevant. He is self existing, the Omnipotent God.
Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
To be a Christian means there are places you won’t go, there are things that you won’t dare do, no matter exciting it seems. It’s a life of sacrifice. Sometimes you won’t be popular with people because you don’t conform to popular practices. It’s a risk you must be willing and ready to take. But in all this, always practice love and practicing love, does not mean you must be friends with everyone. Others, you love but keep at a distance.
The house of God is so divided. Pastors use the pulpit to talk about other pastors. We need to be united as the body of Christ. Acknowledge that you are called for your own, ministries cannot operate the say, pastors can not preach the same way.
1 Corinthians 1:10-12 I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose. For some members of Chloe’s household have told me about your quarrels, my dear brothers and sisters. Some of you are saying, “I am a follower of Paul.” Others are saying, “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Peter,” or “I follow only Christ.”
Luke 5:11 And as soon as they landed, they left everything and followed Jesus. Peter, James and John were normal fisherman and as soon as they met Jesus, they left everything. Not that what they were doing was wrong but a life with Jesus require some sacrifice. There are things you used to do, places you used to go, that you won’t have time for. Ask the Lord for wisdom as you transition so you can maintain relationships. Luke 5:27-28 Later, as Jesus left the town, he saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Levi got up, left everything, and followed him. In this journey you have to let go of good and bad things. We don’t follow Jesus the same way. There are those who follow at a distance and those who must be close to the scene. We don’t serve God the same way. We understand the Bible differently, hence what we believe in and what we do is different. Exodus 24:1-2 Then the LORD instructed Moses: “Come up here to me, and bring along Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and seventy of Israel’s elders. All of you must worship from a distance. Only Moses is allowed to come near to the LORD. The others must not come near, and none of the other people are allowed to climb up the mountain with him.”