Friday, December 6, 2013

How Long?

The Elijah stood in front of them and said, "How long much longer will you waver, hobbling between two opinions?  If the Lord is God, follow him!  But if Baal is God, then follow him!"  But the people were completely silent.  I Kings 18:21 (NLT)

I haven't always taking God seriously.  I was one of those folks that went to Church on Sunday and I wouldn't touch my Bible for another week.  I knew what I believed, but I have always tended to just do my own thing.  It is a hard thing to realize that God is not something to play around with.  He has placed limits and boundaries around us, and if you violate those then there will be consequences.  I am not saying the wrath of God kind of stuff, but what I am saying that you will experience the out working of your own rebellion.  God is not one to force us to obey him.  He will let you wander off, and when you get into trouble he will allow all of the natural consequences of your behavior to build up on you.  There is a much better way.

I think sometimes that American Christians need an Elijah.  We need someone to stand up and ask us this very same question.  How long?  How long will we play with God?  When will we allow him to take over our lives?  There is a deeper richer life for the Christian, but we have to choose that path first.  At some point, Jesus will separate the sheep from the goats.  Which side will you be on?  Will you be one of the goats?  One of those who are in the Church building, but there heart is far from God, Or will you be a sheep that is desperately listening for the voice of the Shepard.  What do you make of Elijah's ultimatum to the Israelites?  How long will you waver between two opinions?  Jesus said, that no may can serve two masters.  What is your master?  What is it that really gets your juices flowing?  If isn't God, then you need to rethink how you are living your life.  We need to choose which side we are going to be on.

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