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Who Is It About? Really!

For this week’s blog, I want to confront us with a very riveting and penetrating question that has been bugging my mind for a whole week. The question is not to make you angry or anything, it is not even to question your love for the Lord, I know you love Him, do you? I think you do. It is just to make you rethink your relationship with and commitment to the master. The question is, WHO IS IT REALLY ABOUT?

Christian theology is being lived out in an interesting way today that theologians call the “cat” and “dog” theology. I’ve heard others say and I believe it is true that dogs have masters and cats have staff. There is a joke about cats and dogs that I think buttresses the point I am trying to make. A dog says “You pet me, you feed me, you shelter me, and you love me, you must be God.” A cat says “you pet me, you feed me, you shelter me, and you love me, I must be God.” This is how it plays out in our Christian walk, the cat says “Lord you love me, you bless me abundantly, and you gave your life for me, I must be god.” Dogs say “Lord you love me, you bless me abundantly, and you gave your life for me, you must be God. “ I know we really don’t say it like that because it will be politically and biblically incorrect. So while we really do not say we are God, we say “It’s all about me.” God did all of this for me, life is all about me. God did not only die for me but also lives for me.

We are more concerned about ourselves than we are about God. We are more interested in God serving man than man serving God. So when we come to the Lord we ask “what can God do for me?” instead of reechoing the words of the great apostle Paul “Lord, what do You want me to do?” so our real interest is how to get God to give us what we want. So our desire is to manipulate God rather than get to know Him and the power of His resurrection. All our prayers are therefore about us: Bless me. Protect me. Take care of me. Martin Luther the great theologian said, “The essence of sin is that man seeks his own in everything, even in God.”

So we worship God because we have come to believe for whatever reason, primarily maybe because of scriptures, that He can provide all our needs according to His riches in glory through Christ Jesus. Therefore we are in church essentially for what we can get out of it than for the opportunity to radiate the glory of our king. I am convinced beyond the shadow of a doubt that there are folks in church today, that if they knew something or someone could give them a better life than what Christ has offered, they would seriously have considered it.

I do not think it is all about us, because if it is all about us, why did God create the eagle to have better eyesight than humans? That doesn’t seem fair. Why can a baby horse walk at birth and we humans take nine months just to learn how to crawl. As Bob Sjorgen puts it, “Didn’t God know we had places to go, people to see and things to do?” If it is all about us, then I want to know, why are there galaxies we don’t even see? That just doesn’t make sense. Or does it? I think it does if and when we understand that it is really not about us.

John the revelator wrote “You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.” Revelation 4:11 (NKJV). All things, meaning everything inclusive and nothing exclusive and that means you and I exist primarily for Him, essentially to give HIM glory. It’s All about him not us. So look at your life and your attitude towards the things of God and ask yourself, “Who is it about?” What is my motive behind what I am doing? Is it for His glory or for my own personal selfish agenda? Because sometimes we make it look like it is about God but the motive is really about us. That is why sometimes in our quest for “ours”, we will destroy anything and everything in our path, even the church of Christ and not blink. Because we are convinced that it is all about us. Ladies and gentlemen, it was never about us, it is never about us and will never be about us. IT IS ALL ABOUT HIM. To Him be ALL the glory, ALL the honor and ALL the adoration.

I’ll leave you for now. If we don’t meet again, I’ll see you at the dinner table in Papa’s house.

Pastor King

Habits

Blessed is the man who listens to me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at the posts of my doors. Proverbs 8:43 NKJV

Life is nothing but a collection of days, so whatever dominates our day will dominate our lives. We are creatures of habit. We do not decide our destiny; we only decide our habits and our habits determine our destiny. It is true that who you are today is a result of what you did yesterday; therefore what you will become tomorrow will be determined by what you do today.

Someone said, “Thoughts produce acts, acts produce habits and habits produce character.” So what are your thought trends today? It is imperative that we realize we are walking bundles of habits, that is the only way we will pay attention to their formation. We form our habits and our habits form us. Dr. Michael Mitchell, author of Building Strong Families wrote, “Approximately 90 percent of what we do everyday is governed by the habits in our lives.” It is said, a bad habit takes twenty-one days to break and a good one takes twenty one days to make. Habits are the best of servants and the worst of masters.

The chains of habit are usually too small to be felt until they are too strong to be broken. What habits are you forming today? Because if they are the wrong ones or the good ones, they will eventually form you.

Success and failure are separated by the kind of habits you follow daily. Champions realize that their habits determine their destination so they cultivate the right ones. You can only qualify a habit by looking at the future it will produce.

It only requires a few “right things” in your day to make a lot of “right things” happen in your life. Remember, life is just a collection of days and whatever dominates your day will dominate your life. I believe that the difference between success and failure is in what habits you master. Nothing can stop a person who has built and mastered the right habits.

The psalmist said in the 34th verse of the 8th chapter that blessed is the man who waits DAILY at the gates of the Lord. I believe more in the one who prays 5minutes a day but does it daily than one who prays five hours a day and does it once a month. It is better to do it in small quantities on a daily basis than in irregular quantities. I am just using prayer as an example, I hope you get the drift. The psalmist says you are blessed if you do it daily, not monthly or occasionally but DAILY, in other words it has to be a habit for it to be a blessing to you.

I can also argue that if you spend time daily away from the gate of the Lord, you will be … you finish it. Ladies and gentlemen, like William Ernest Henley said it in his poem Invictus, “I am the master of my fate” I’d encourage you to start with the right thoughts which will be followed by the right act, then produce the right habits which will eventually determine a destiny that will be recorded in the annals of history not one that will be remembered only in infamy.

I’ll leave you for now. If we don’t meet again, I’ll see you at the dinner table in Papa’s house.

Pastor King