Go to church. Any church. I’m working a double at work with an 8 hour turnaround as I’m writing this, so be grateful you can go to church. I have learned not to care what other people do as it’s none of my business. For the love of goodness, forget what other people are doing and find a decent preacher that opens his Bible at the pulpit and reads from it in his sermon and gives you a message from it explaining it the best as he can. All I can honestly say that if it has a Starbucks in the foyer and you couldn’t find a parking space then look for one that has a handful of cars here and there. I’ll explain in a later post. Church is worshipping God but it’s for you to grow spiritually. It only benefits you to go and keeps you aligned with His word and keeps you accountable to others. It is the best tool to keep you from drifting.
There are limited opportunities for people to accept the gospel. This isn’t something that people can put off until later as later is not guaranteed. At the same time, I can’t stress this enough. YOU are not going to save anybody. Not a single person ever in your lifetime. GOD is the one that saves someone and they have to make that decision on their own. It doesn’t matter if you beat them over the head with a Bible to repeat your sinner’s prayer just so you would go away, it’s not up to you to tell anyone if they’re saved or not. You are only responsible for sharing your testimony and the gospel and answer any questions you can. You won’t even know your entire life if something that you said turned that light switch on unless you’re lucky and they tell you.
The forgotten lesson of Job:
5When a period of feasting had run its course, Job would send and have them purified. Early in the morning he would sacrifice a burnt offering for each of them, thinking, “Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” This was Job’s regular custom.
4When your children sinned against Him, He gave them over to the penalty of their sin.
Common statement (in my own life): I’m saved so that means that I can save anybody I want to.
God reminds us that we can’t change others. What others do are none of our business and we try to make it our business when what they do affects us. But God reminds us that we can’t even save our own children by our own merit so how can we save ourselves by what we do? We can’t. We are powerless creatures with delusions of grandeur. We create our own image of God without considering that God is already there with His own image and that we are His creation. Not the other way around. So He reminds us that Christians are not saved because they did something, they are saved because He did something. We didn’t pick God. We chose to accept God for who He is and for what He did for us. That relationship goes beyond death and beyond loss.
Explain in your own words what this means to you.
5You shall not bow down to them or worship them; For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate Me,
25[Noah] said, “Cursed be to Canaan! The lowest of slaves he will be to his brothers.”
39Those of you who are left will waste away in the lands of their enemies because of their sins; also because of their fathers’ sins they will waste away.
Common question: If the only way into heaven is through Christ then why are there people that have never heard of them? What about them? Would this verse help you answer them?
Your choices affect your children as they look to you for guidance and if you take away God from them then they will suffer for your actions. This is a common theme in this project so it may come up again.