March 28, 2017

March 28, 2017

1 SAMUEL 4-8

Focus Verse: Nevertheless, the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel, and they said, “No, but there shall be a king over us, that we also may be like all the nations, that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles.”
1 Samuel 8:19-20

 

We have to ask ourselves, are we becoming more like God or more like the world? I think this is a question that we need to be asking ourselves on every decision we make. Is this decision making me more like God or more like the world.

 

There is a big push in the church today to start producing up to the world’s standards. I want to be very clear that I don’t think that is wrong. In fact, I think we should up the ante. If we believe that God is the Creator of the Universe, our Savior, that He died for us, that He loves us, I think that should motivate us to hold ourselves to a higher standard than the world. The movies, music, designs, art, you name it, that Christians produce should be so much better than anything the world can produce because we are doing it for Jesus.

 

But morally speaking, theologically speaking, content-wise, we need to make sure that we are making decisions to become more like Christ and less like the world. Who are we becoming? Who is our church becoming? Is it truly becoming THE Church? Or is it mirroring worldly success? Does our church look more like a business than a place Jesus would call His body? Are the people in our church looking more and more like Christ each and every day, or are they stagnant or in decline?

 

God’s command to us is to be holy, as He is holy.

 

You cannot be holy and fit in with this world.

 

Israel chose the world here in 1 Samuel 8. What’s your choice today?

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