God is Judged Based on the Behavior of His Children
When the invitation was given at the camp meeting I recently attended, about one thousand people crowded around the altar. I was one of them. I was there seeking a deeper and closer intimacy with God. I was seeking His face. As the musicians played "I bow down my knees and cry holy" I became totally immersed in God.
Scripture ensures that we can enter right into the Holy of Holies, the very throne room of God, and stand before His presence. The King of the Universe actually invites us to enter in. He compels us to come often. This awesome privilege is not because of our own righteousness, but because of the price that Jesus paid on the cross when he became the propitiation for our sins. Because of His great love, those that have accepted Him have been justified by faith and made right with God just as if we’ve never sinned.
There at the altar the tears pouring down my face were an outward expression of the awareness of God that I sensed as He spoke two words to my heart, "Glorify Me".
Those two simple words speak volumes. During the weeks that followed I tried to assess my life by those words. Does everything I say and everything I do bring glory to God? Is my life focused on God? Does my ministry bring glory to Him? Do I hold lightly to the things on earth?
My answer to the first three questions is, "I honestly try to!" I’m hesitant though about that last question because I remember a woman coming to my home and announcing that ‘God told her that I should give her my piano’ to which I replied, "It stays right where it is until I hear from God and He tells me to give it to you!" I am willing to give anything that God directs me to give but I did not fall off a turnip truck yesterday.
Using this woman as an example, what we do the remainder of our week after Sunday morning service is crucial. It has a tremendous impact on the people around us. They will either see God in us or they will see hypocrisy. As followers of Christ we are supposed to be Christ-like. This is solely achieved by spending time at His feet and in His word so that we are transformed into Godly people who live holy lives. The world will either be drawn to God because our light is shining so brightly in the midst of their darkness pointing them to Jesus or they will reject Him totally based on our superficiality.
Maybe we can fool ourselves but we certainly do not fool the world. They know EXACTLY what a Christian should be and how one should behave. This is not a heavy burden to bear. We have been given the Holy Spirit to help us and lead us and guide us. All we have to do is yield.
Yield though is a foreign word to some Christians because they want to be in control. They want to be in the driver’s seat and expect God to bless their journey. This is why some denominations err in their teaching and doctrines just as the Pharisees did. They follow the traditions of men rather than the word of God and become organizations with slick programs and constant activity claiming that they are doing all in the name of God at the same time seeking all the glory for themselves. Unfortunately the end result becomes ‘religious’ people doing ‘religious’ things.
Well Jesus hated religion. He reached out to the prostitutes and the thieves and those that were demon possessed but He called the religious leaders, the Pharisees and the Sadducees, a generation of vipers because they were consumed with meaningless ritual but were full of corruption. What God seeks is a people that are 100% sold out to Him 100% of the time who are willing to be conduits that He can use to reach this lost world through.
Philippians chapter two sums it up nicely, ‘Therefore God also has highly exalted Him (Jesus) and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow......... and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father........ therefore work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who is at work within you, helping you want to obey Him, and then helping you do what He wants.’
Copyright Donna Martonfi www.psalm40ministries.com