I do my best to be obedient to God.
The thing is, you can be rebellious, host a rebellious spirit, and not even be aware because you are not connected to God.
It is way too easy to come up with a million excuses for why we can’t obey God and do the things He wants us to, commands us to do.
I don’t have enough time.
I don’t have enough money.
I don’t have enough patience.
I am not a people person.
Excuses, excuses, excuses.
The trouble really starts when there is no checks and balances system to keep us on track, when no one is telling us that we shouldn’t do the things that we do. Being plugged into a church should do that for us, but all too often it does not.
Our society today has adopted an attitude of permissiveness. Anything goes; if it feels good, do it. If it doesn’t hurt anyone it can’t be bad.
The truth is, many of those things that “can’t hurt anyone” can be very, very bad. When you do things, you never know who is watching you and emulating you. As an example for others, as God’s representative, it is your duty, your obligation, live, act, talk and be like Jesus. No, you can’t be perfect, but you can do your very best.
This is a very slippery slope. I have seen leaders fall and the body falls right behind them.
Some years ago I attended a large church. It had three or four services on Sunday and a couple on Saturday. Thousands of people poured through the doors.
It was fairly new when I first began attending and you could feel Jesus walking up and down the aisles! It was a spirit filled church. After a while, however, things began to change. I don’t know what happened. Some people said that the pastor had said that God told him to put the church in a certain area, but he wanted it in a more influential area so he went against God’s will and put it in a different location. He even mentioned this a few times when he preached.
All I know is that they went from pure worship and communion with God to something resembling pagan festivities. The women musicians and vocalists began dressing inappropriately (even wearing jeans on the platform!) and the platform became a stage with fancy special effects. It wasn’t worship, it was more like a rock concert and the “band” put on shows, feeding their own egos while the congregation followed right along.
It wasn’t long and the “worship” moved from God to the people on the stage. The people on the stage became the main attraction and the worship was secondary.
Yes, they had great talent and great voices, but the focus was lost. They were not anointed and God no longer moved there. The spirit leading that church was no longer God, but the spirit that was attached to the members of the band.
Too often we idolize talent and create other Gods to worship, even if we are doing it in tandem with the One True God. But that isn’t good enough. See, there really is only One True God and He is the ONLY one we should be worshiping, not the preacher who is a talented, charismatic speaker or the talented vocalist or the talented musician or anyone else.
I haven’t been to the church in a few years, but I have heard from people who live in the area that it has gotten farther and farther from God’s plan.
And that, my friends, is a pure act of rebellion.
Obedience is not flashy. It won’t get you noticed or idolized. You probably won’t get a bunch of money for it or get famous. But what you will have is far more valuable that all of these things put together. You will be living a life for God and He will honor you and bless you beyond your imagination.
It is easy to pass off the little details, the little things that God wants us to change, but we don’t. It is easy to make excuses or pretend like you don’t hear God’s voice. It is easy to continue down the path that you have chosen, even if it isn’t the one that God wants for you.
Rebellion is easy.
Obedience takes energy, effort and character.
One direction is the easy path with few obstacles or hindrances while the other is more difficult, more narrow and challenging.
One ends in destruction and pain and unhappiness while the other ends in pure joy and love and eternal life.
But we always have a choice. Which way do you want to go?