Don’t Hate The Truth

Galatians 4:16 “Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?

This is a very good question that must be asked among American Culture.  We live in a world that despises the truth.  People today hate to hear the truth, because many times, the truth can be painful.  We must remember that those that are true friends are the ones that speak the truth, even when they know we don’t want to hear it.  The generation we see growing up before our eyes are falling into a snare of lies.  They would rather attach themselves to a lie than accept the truth.  It does not seem logical that the truth would cause us to create enemies, however; it is a reality.  We must remember that the truth was designed to help us, not hurt us.  God says the truth will make us free.  It is essential that we make sure we don’t get angry when we hear someone speak the truth to us out of a heart of love.  If you get mad at the truth, then ask yourself whether you would rather appreciate the truth, or enjoy someone telling you a lie.

Today’s Challenge:  Pay attention the truth today.  Remember when your boss, parent, or pastor speaks to you in truth that it was not meant to hurt you, but rather help you.

The Law of Reaping and Sowing

2 Corinthians 9:6 “But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.” 

This world is filled with laws.  These laws include things such as the laws of Physics, the laws of Mathematics, and the laws of the Land.  It is good to note that while our world has laws which keep it spinning; our Bible also is filled with laws.  In this text we see a Biblical law called the Law of Reaping and Sowing.  I am amazed at how many Christians expect such a great harvest with such little investments.  The American Church is consumed with the mentality that God should bless us with much on the grounds that we give Him very little.  A farmer will expect little fruit if he only sows small amounts of seeds.  Likewise, the Christian should not wander why the blessings of God are so sparse when they have not planted much into the Kingdom of God.  We must remember that if we want the blessing of God then we must be will to sow bountifully.  It will require sacrifice, it will require service, but the end result will be far greater than you would ever expect.  Please don’t be so foolish to think that God is supposed to bless your life when you have invested so little into His Kingdom.  It is not just about money, but it is about your entire life.

Today’s Challenge:  Plant a lot of seeds today, and watch the blessing of God bloom.

Church Member vs. Club Member

1 Corinthians 12:27 “No ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.”

There seems to be a mix up between what it mean to be a “Church Member”.  I want to come and say it…

Church Membership is totally different from Club Membership!

We have developed this mentality that we can treat the local Church like an everyday organization.  Over the years I have encountered a mentality that because the dues are being paid then there is a sense of entitlement.  The mindset on American Christianity is “What can you do for me.

Today we are reminded that the Church is a body not a business.  It is an organism and not an organization.  We are the Body of Christ and each of us has a particular function.  Just because we make financial contributions to our local church does not mean we are performing the work of the ministry.

I seriously tremble at the thought of what is going to happen at the Judgment Seat to the majority of American Christians.  We are to do the work of Christ.  We have all been given a specific task and a designated duty.  Do It!  Do it because you just love the Lord!  Don’t do it because it will bring you more perks in the next business meeting.

Today’s Challenge:  Remind yourself that you are not a part of a social club.  You are a member of the Body of Christ!

What Will Your Gravestone Say?

1 Corinthians 8:3 “But if any man love God, the same is known of him.”

 

The Bible teaches us that we are defined by what we do way more than what we say.  This verse is clear that if we love God, then all parts of our lives will display evidence of that fact.

 

I have heard the words “I love God” many times.  However; the actions and lifestyle of those that say that often display a greater love for self rather than a love for God.

 

While our words carry a certain weight, our actions make our words way more valuable.  I believe that God wants us to have a testimony that says “this person loves God”.  I want us to really assess how we are known by others.  When someone says our name, what is the first thing that they say about you?  When being described by someone else would the phrase “They Love God” ever come up in the conversation?

 

My fear is that so many Christians would not carry such a description.  I want to be known as a person that Loves God!

 

Today’s Challenge:  Think ahead to your grave stone.  What would be the description under your name?  Here is what I want mine to read:

 

Dan Boatman

“A Man That Loved God!”  

The Power of Love

Romans 13:10 “Love worketh no ill to his neighbor:  therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.”

Love is a powerful thing.  Love is the driving force of Christianity.  This verse teaches us the power of love.  The Great Commandment drives home the principle that if a person will love God with all their heart, soul, and mind, then it will take care of all the rest of the commandments.  The problem is that most of us do not have a clue how to direct our love.

We have directed our love toward selfish ambitions.  That means we love ourselves more than others.  Ever notice what happens when people experience a change that is actually productive?  They are so love with their own selves that they can’t celebrate the success that the change is causing.

If we truly want to fulfill the entire counsel of God then we must be driven by a love for others.  We must remove our selfish ambitions and attitudes and start loving people unconditionally.

This has got me to thinking about the American Church Culture.  It has become so much about me, my, and I.  The Christian that is driven by love is more concerned about them and those, rather than me and my.  This has convicted me as a pastor as well.  I hope that the Lord allows me the opportunity to be love driven and not church growth driven.  I want success, but if I was driven by love then I would want measure my success by the success of those I lead.

Today’s Challenge:  May the Lord help us to operate in love for others.

Normal Christianity

Romans 12:1 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”

This is one of those verses that make you really think about your temperature as a Christian.  Look back and think how many times we are have heard the words,

“I just want to be a normal Christian”

“I am just not as fanatical about things as you are.”

Yeah…I lost count too!

This verse puts the word “normal” into an entire new perspective.  A few years ago, I watch as a missionary walked out of a ten year career as a chemical engineer, and his wife walked away from a Master’s Degree in clinical psychology to sell everything and move to a foreign country.  I will never forget the words he said when he stood before our congregation they go like this, “There is no sacrifice to great for Jesus!”

You see that may not sound like normal Christianity to us, but according to this verse, that is exactly what normal Christianity is suppose to look like.  Truth is, we have watered down Christianity in America to just being a social club in our closest religious circle.  Most club members think they are really doing something for God by filling up a seat, and being a decent moral person.  Truth is, you are as sour, stale, and luke-warm as the majority of Americans that claim Christ as their Savior.  I frankly believe God is so sick at those that call themselves normal and in all reality they are way below normal.  Truth is, there is no radical, fanatic, and super Christian out there.  There is normal, and subnormal.  There is those that have laid their bodies down, lives, and futures down for God, and there are those that think they are doing God a favor by going to church and reading their Bibles.

My plea is that we all (including myself) wake up and realize the meaning of “normal”.  God does not take it lightly and neither should we!

Today’s Challenge:  Be a “Normal Christian”!