Sunday Sermon Edition
Hold tight and I will get deep with you…
I truly enjoy the writings and ministry of John and Lisa Bevere. If you have never heard of them, I highly encourage you to check out Messenger International. A few weeks ago, John posted on Instagram, “Holiness isn’t about legalistic rules. It’s about intimacy with God and being completely His.” His comments went on to say, “God’s desire for us to be holy is simply His desire for us to be like Him.” I read that and thought “wow”. It was around 24 hours later that it just hit me. It clicked.
Our created purpose is to be in a worshipping relationship with God. We were created to be worshippers. We were created to be in constant communion with our Creator. Immediately after the fall, our created purpose began to take a quick detour. As time has progressed, that purpose has become more incredibly skewed. So much so, that I would dare say even the Church doesn’t speak enough about our created purpose.
That created purpose can not be achieved without lots of discipline on our part. You see light and darkness do not mix. 1 John 1:5-7 reads, “This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.” This scripture is very clear that God is light, our sin is darkness. We must turn away from sin and darkness. But there is more. Hebrews 12:14, “Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.” Holiness. Holiness. Holiness. Let that soak in for a moment.
Let’s go further. James 4:8, “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” There is an initial action on our part. We start to press into God. We start to pursue God. We start seeking His light. WE START. In doing so, God draws near to us. The more I press into Him, the more His light overtakes my life. My created purpose becomes more and more evident. I am entering into communion with my Savior. I am worshipping. I am living in the Spirit. I am showing fruits of the Spirit. I am becoming holy. The process of sanctification is taking place.
As a youth pastor, I am constantly asked “why can’t I hear God?” So much to say for this response. We live in a fast paced world of constant distractions. We don’t stop and get quiet anymore. But going back to our topic here, we aren’t pursuing holiness. If I am not in communion with God why should I except to hear from Him? I don’t give him any of myself in this relationship, yet I expect answers to my demands, questions, and prayers? Let’s be honest, that’s not fair. I wouldn’t expect that kind of relationship from my husband. So why do we approach the throne this way?
Momma’s….hear my heart. Your children are a blessing. Your spouse is your gift. These are important and should receive proper thanksgiving in your daily prayers. BUT, we must pursue the Father. No matter the chaos. No matter the circumstances. No matter the schedule. We must not neglect communion with the Holy One. Be purposeful in your time with God. Be intent on drawing into the holiness he desires with us. Be intent on becoming more and more like your Father.