There’s no doubt in my mind that God was not mistaking when He instituted the gathering of believers. Sometimes things happen that make you want to stay away from church but if you take a general overview, and you are in the right church, you will agree with me that God definitely knew what He was doing. So, this past Sunday was one of those very special Sundays for me. From the workers’ meeting to the Sunday School class and the sermon, I was definitely blessed. In everyone of these classes my spirit was enlightened and God spoke to me directly through the sermon. At the end of the day, fellowshipping in the assembly of believers is for our benefit.
Hebrews 10: 25 “And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.”
One of the things that was reaffirmed to me yesterday, is that our going forward in life as believers, is tied to our love for God. Also, that the more you know God, the more you love Him and the more mature you become. The extent of your maturity as a believer is tied to the extent of your love for Him. No one walks with God in love and remains the same. It is impossible. One of our biggest problems is that we have learnt to love in a very selfish way so that the question always on our hearts in our relationship with God is “what is in this for me?” and if God is not quick to let us know, we move on to other gods whilst still wearing the “born again” cloak. Before you start judging me by saying I am judging you please see scripture below which is apparent evidence that some are not His. He also says that not all who call Him Lord are His.
2 Timothy 2: 19 “But God’s truth stands firm like a foundation stone with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and “All who belong to the Lord must turn away from evil.”
Now the problem we have is with ensuring that we are His. Much as we would like to believe this fallacy, riches is not a determiner of who loves him or is His. Though we may find this tough to take in, He says the expression of love He accepts is obedience to His commands. So that His commands are no longer mere instructions to you but something you do because you know it pleases the one you love. You no longer obey them for the benefits but because you love Him so much you want to give Him pleasure. Yet He lets you enjoy the benefits. It is like God hides His treasure in a deep chest so that those who long for Him enough to dig into Him eventually get the best. Your obedience is now a testimonial of your love. God is careful about His pearls.
Mathew 7: 6 “Don’t waste what is holy on people who are unholy. Don’t throw your pearls to pigs! They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you.”
The bible tells us that God is searching for people who would sincerely worship Him. To worship is to idolize and make one the centre of your total existence such that your life is built around him. You can’t fell like that about more than one being. It’s not even possible; we are not made to feel like that about more than one being and God knows that because He made us. If your total existence is built around more than one being that means you have idols and God will quietly step out of your life and in truth none is really very important. God wants to be that important being which would then make Him the only being you idolize. He wants you and I to love Him so much that we can give up anything and/or anyone for Him; to love Him so much that we fully idolize and worship Him alone. For our God is a jealous God.
John 14: 15 & 21“If you love me, obey my commandments. Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.”
There is no doubt that there will be full manifestations of His blessings in every life that loves Him but like I already said, that isn ‘t why we obey His commands. We love Him so much we want to give more than a hundred percent obedience. There is no better way to go forward. That way you are certain that you are taking definite steps forward because the blessings of God are the only blessings that truly make rich and they don’t come with “sorrow causing” matters as part of the deal. Love Him enough to forget yourself. David did so that though He was king, He could play the fool for God and He enjoyed the goodness of God after several years of running from Saul.
Proverbs 10: 22 “The blessing of the Lord makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.”