Scripture: 1 Samuel 8.
1 Samuel 8:6-8 (NLT)
6 Samuel was displeased with their request and went to the LORD for guidance.
7 “Do everything they say to you,” the LORD replied, “for it is me (God) they are rejecting, not you. They don’t want me to be their king any longer. 8 Ever since I brought them from Egypt they have continually abandoned me and followed other gods. And now they are giving you the same treatment.
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my life today?)
Times have not changed very much, for when we consider how churches treat their pastor when he starts to preach the Word without regards to whose toes he might step on, then I believe that we could easily identify with the Israelites, even though in print it sounds like they were such awful and ungrateful people. Friends, it is so unfortunate that we tend to blame someone else for issues that we have caused. It is likewise unfortunate when we look beyond the issues in our own lives, or the condition of our family, or our church or our group, and see so much wrong with others. Let’s think for a moment about issues with a church, you know it can’t be the building where the church meets that is causing the problem, it’s folk like you and I that attend the church that cause the issues. So look no further than inside yourself when issues arise. Getting a new pastor will have the same effect as God telling Samuel to go ahead and give them what they want, because unfortunately, things will only get worse. Friends, unless we commit and dedicate ourselves to becoming more like Jesus in every aspect of our lives, then anything we become part of will suffer from the sin brought into our lives by the world. Becoming one with Jesus, means a perfect life, a life without sin – and that should be our aim everyday friends. Only then will we contribute positively to our churches and the groups that we become involved in.
(What I will ask of God, in order for me to properly apply His Word to my life)
Lord we so desperately need You in our lives. Instead of adding positively to groups that we become involved in, as would happen if we were One with You, instead we add more confusion, we add more hatred, we add more gossip, we add more envy towards each other, we tear it down and we mess it up. Unfortunately, this also happens in church groups we join, so we are seeing churches that are marred terribly by the impact of this evil world, instead of seeing a church that is always ready to forgive, always looking out for the best in the other person, always contributing to the best in others, always praying for and supporting their pastor/shepherd/leader. Lord, it is very obvious that we need more of You in our lives individually so that we can see more of You in our churches, so that we can see Your church effectively reaching out to the lost community that we see and endure every day. We need You in our lives personally Lord, please humble us to earnestly seek Your face and allow You to rule in our lives.
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