Ephesians 4:1-3 “1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, 2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; 3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (KJV).
Today we see a progressive movement towards the acceptance of a watered down version of Christianity. The Gospel message has been altered and diluted to fit whatever requirements the “ways of the world” demand. Families decide what church to attend because it offers the most amount of fun activities or programs for their children. If there is ever a day and hour that we need to focus on our high calling it is today.
The day has come when we need to allow His word to provide our wisdom. We need to look back at the courage, humility, and enduring commitment our forefathers have taught us. Today is the day that we focus not on our superficial motivations, but rather we emulate the same grace that our precious Lord has bestowed upon us. Our focus and motivations need to rest on the absolute truth found in God’s word. The church we choose should rest on the unity of Spirit, truth, and love.
I’m afraid many churches have filled their services with a modern version of music that does not bring honor and glory to the Lord. When our youth spend more time playing basketball or playing games during the preaching and teaching of God’s word, we leave the door wide open for Satan to throw his fiery darts at our children. We wonder why our youth are facing more problems than ever before, yet parents spend little time praying, teaching, and sharing the Word with them.
Does the Bible not teach us how to raise children? Does the Bible not say “Train a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Pro. 22:6, KJV). “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Eph. 6:4, ESV). If we do not run the race of righteousness, how in the world will we ever be able to pass the torch onto the next generation? Our forefathers not only passed on His torch, they provided us with detailed instructions and illustrations that were applicable then and still apply today.
Is there any wonder why the unsaved call Christians hypocrites? Of course no Christian or church is perfect, if you ever find the perfect church; don’t join it because you will ruin it.
“I firmly believe that the moment our hearts are emptied of selfishness and ambition and self-seeking and everything that is contrary to God’s law, the Holy Spirit will come and fill every corner of our hearts; but if we are full of pride and conceit, ambition and self-seeking, pleasure and the world, there is no room for the Spirit of God. I also believe that many a man is praying to God to fill him, when he is full already with something else. Before we pray that God would fill us, I believe we ought to pray that He would empty us. There must be a n emptying before there can be a filling; and when the heart is turned upside down, and everything that is contrary to God is turned out, then the Spirit will come…” (D.L. Moody)
The Silent Preacher
Moody, D.L. Quotes, retrieved from http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/5083573.D_L_Moody