“The answer for the world around you is the world within you.” - Damon Thompson
If you have given your heart to Jesus and are a Christ follower, your spirit is quickened and enlivened. With the world around us in disarray, we need to share Him who is in us.
Pastor Josiah’s sermon entitled “Dig Deep” pointed out that the “goal is connectivity with God.” He encouraged us to go beyond the “close enough” mentality and to redig the wells.
Our major goal is connectivity to God. When he was a boy, Pastor Josiah would pray (check), read the Word (check), and worship the Lord (check). His list of doing the right activities was done, and he could go on with his life. Did Pastor Josiah’s check list completion, necessarily bring him closer to the Lord? Was he completing the tasks “good Christians do”? Praying, reading the Word, and worshiping are all important spiritual disciplines, but they are not the goal. They are to bring us closer to the Lord. Motive matters. Completing your check-off list (so that you enter into heaven) does not work. Completed spiritual obligations is not the goal-connection to your Abba Father is the goal. With that knowledge, the chains of obligation fell off of Pastor Josiah.
When we remember how much the LORD loves us, our chains of obligation are broken. The Father gave His only Son as the perfect sacrifice for each one of us. We are “washed in the blood of the Lamb.” Our sins are as far away as the “east is from the west.” When I remember how much He loves me, my heart wants, desires and is desperate for Him. Then
“My chains are gone.
I’ve set free.
My God, my Savior has ransomed me.
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, amazing grace.”
I get to sit at His feet and let Him talk to me. I get to read His Word, His love letter to me, and He tells me how much He is with me that He “will never leave me nor forsake me.” Hebrews13:5 I get to sing songs and worship Him. I can also worship Him by helping at the food distribution for Meet the Need or helping with the homeless ministry or holding and praying for an infant in the nursery. James 4:8 states “Come near to God and he will come near to you.” (NIV) In the Message James 4:7-8 says:
“So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil
and watch him make himself scarce. Say a quiet yes to God
and he’ll be there in no time.”
I say a “quiet yes to God” when I pray, read His Word, and praise Him. And He is here” in no time.” I am so grateful.
For too long we have settled for the “close enough” mentality. In golf, a hole in one means the golf ball went into the hole with one smack. You do not get points for getting near the hole. It is either in or not. We have settled for “close enough purity,” “close enough holiness,” “close enough sharing Jesus with others.” The LORD did not give us a “close enough sacrifice” nor “a close enough salvation.” He gave us His life, death, and resurrection. Hallelujah! Why would we compromise with a “close enough faith” or “close enough dedication” when He promises us in John 10:10b, “I have come to give life, life abundantly.” I do not want “close enough abundant life.” I want ABUNDANT LIFE-a life full of Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit and full of our Abba Father. The world wants me to settle for close enough. Satan wants me to compromise. I slam the door shut on compromise and choose to follow Jesus wholeheartedly, every day in my thought, word and deed. Ephesians 3:19 expresses my desire:
“May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too
great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete
with the fullness of life and power that comes from God.” (NLT)
Finally, we may need to redig the wells. In Isaac’s time, the Philistines were jealous of Isaac’s wells, and they filled the wells with dirt. What does that have to do with us? Most of us get our water from Helix Water District or Otay Water District. However, the metaphor deals with our faith in Jesus, our walk, and our ministries as our wells. Satan wants to discourage us. He brings his bulldozers to fill in our wells with dirt, BUT GOD…. When we sit at His feet in silence, when we desperately seek Him through His Word, and when we worship Him, He unleashes His power to redig the wells of blessings. Every time Satan throws dirt in our wells, keep on digging.
Also, there "may be adversity, but don’t abort your obedience.” Faith Chapel has a history of being a well of faith. The enemy has targeted Faith Chapel, but God… “Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world.” 1 John 4:4
For the goal is connectivity with the Lord, our Abba Father, the Great I AM, the Beginning and the End. May we be His salt and light to a broken and dying world.
Written by Larry and Annette Linthicum