Everything for God!
Whatever you do…
June 7th, 2019
How much church is enough church?
How much prayer is enough prayer?
How much repentance does it take for us to have repented sufficiently?
We rarely think in these terms. But they are terms which we should think about. Not just think about but act upon.
The church question is a straw man, because our concept of what church, isn’t what it should be.
Church isn’t a building, a denomination, a collection of believers who gather in one place. No, church is perhaps these things, but it is so much more than any of them, or all of them.
Church while it partially indicates a local body functioning to advance the disbursement of truth from the Word of God and strengthening those who attend and support the local organization, really that small body (even if it is a mega-church), is only a small functioning portion of The Church as a whole.
The Church is the collection of believers across, geographical, political, yes church doctrinal lines. This may raise an eyebrow or two but Jesus didn’t say that as long as you follow and believe everything your church teaches you, you are glory bound.
Jesus replied, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
John 14:6 (NET)
Jesus IS the way! Not the rituals, practices, and reasoning which concludes in your churches set of beliefs. The furthest we have to go to be part of The Church is to submit ourselves to Christ’ will and surrender our lives to him. Salvation by faith in Jesus isn’t a good idea, it is “the way, and the truth, and the life.”
And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved.
Acts 4:12 (NET)
The Church is the entire collection of believers who have placed their faith and trust in the power of Jesus saving grace to redeem their souls from eternal damnation.
It isn’t something we can sufficiently quantitate and draw a conclusion as to what would amount to being ‘enough’.
Even when we’ve come to a resolution that when Paul tells us to ‘Pray Constantly’ isn’t religious zeal gone array and have implemented some form of conversational prayer in our lives, we still have massive gaps and shortcomings when it comes to maintaining a state of prayer.
Enough would amount to never being out of touch with our Lord and persistent in a conversation with him, but if we are truly honest with ourselves, we are a good way short of that objective. Thankfully, there is that grace that covers the gap we can’t.
Now we come to repentance. We have sin, need repentance. It doesn’t get any simpler than that.
If we say we do not bear the guilt of sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.
1 John 1:8 (NET)
John doesn’t tell us once we repent, we have completed the course and are done. So long as we have sin in us, we need repentance.
Dynamic leaders need repentance, humble servers of many need repentance. No one can completely navigate their way through the maze of sin and not step in it deeply and frequently. Grace is multiplied, but that grace is only applied to us when the truth is in us, and the truth isn’t in us if we claim we have no sin. We have sin; we need repentance.
We can never exceed the requirement for repentance.
Therefore repent and turn back so that your sins may be wiped out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and so that he may send the Messiah appointed for you – that is, Jesus.
Acts 3:19-20 (NET)
The point of all this isn’t to determine what ‘enough’ represents, because in terms of our service to God, our worship of his greatness, our communication channels between his throne and our hearts, and the surrender of our will in favor of his, isn’t intended to be measured. He asks for everything.
All our devotion, all our compassion, all our loyalty, all of our talents, all of our obedience, and all of our surrender; is what God wants from us. That is what enough is. We can never fully attain that level of compliance to the will of God while we remain in this flesh, trapped in a world of sin.
Enough is everything!
So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31 (NET)
Despite what really is an impossible goal for us while in the flesh, we need to seek that which God calls us to, regardless of our situation, despite the distractions around us, and even though our flesh may fight us on every front.
In that slightly uncomfortable state, we find that we abide in the perfect will of God; right where we belong. Committing “Everything for God!”, may not be something we can do without the grace and power of our Lord to take our humble offering and turn it into his Glory and honor.
Our inadequacy in being able to achieve ‘enough’, aids us in understanding why we need a redeemer, savior and Lord who has abundant grace and is willing to impart that grace liberally to a repentant heart. So, we may become the children, God desires us to be.
In the Grace of Jesus!