This morning on my walk I was praying, "I want to be in your perfect plan for my life. Lord, help me stay on course. I don't want to get off. I don't want to do more or less. I never want to be ahead of you or behind you!" You might say, "Shawn, you are a missionary, you should be praying that. I am not a minister. God doesn't have a specific plan for my life as he might with you." I don't know where you got that only ministers should seek the Lord for the plans and purposes for their lives. It wasn't just 5 years ago I was a successful Realtor and a house flipper. If it was up to me back then, I would still be in the real estate business to this day. Even though I wasn't a minister, I was still seeking God's face for what he wanted me to do in my life; always being open for him to speak of his direction for me and my family.
God wants us in the game! We are not spectators. We are to be participants in the Kingdom of God. A recent trend I am seeing more so, people attending church in front of their TV. Huh? That doesn't make any sense at all! Only under certain circumstances should this ever be the case. The bible says in Hebrews 10:25 (NLT), "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." We are NOT to neglect meeting together! Even in the times of the early church some were already skipping the house of God. But we are to encourage others to attend, even more so as the return of him (Jesus) is near! I don't know about you, but I believe we are getting closer to his return! I don’t want him coming while I am skipping church and sitting in front of the television with the remote in my hand!
This is an excerpt from the Fire Bible commentary:
"Following and serving Jesus takes spiritual courage, faithfulness, power, and determination. It requires constantly seeking for or making ways for the gospel to go forth, knowing that it will face opposition. It involves maintaining the driving strength in the mission to reach others for Christ."
Does this statement sound like those that are sitting in their reclining chair on game day? The Kingdom of God is constantly getting attacked from the Kingdom of Darkness. You see in scripture, "The Kingdom of Heaven has been forcefully advancing!" Look around, do you see the church forcefully advancing today? We can't even get people to show up to change diapers in the nursery let alone help park cars in the parking lot. We are living in such a time of "Me, Myself, and I" society. If it isn’t Johnny's soccer game on Sunday, then it's we must get to the beach before someone takes our spot. Where are those that are strapping on their boots Sunday thru Saturday to be ready whenever they need to serve in the mighty Army of the Lord?