It seems so often we miss the point entirely. Someone told me they were invited to an event yesterday and it was “a big deal”. It was a personal invitation from someone I had never heard of but someone they had a lot of respect for. After some reading, I suspect this person is similar to what they call a “celebrity pastor”.
I read 1 John last night (almost all of it) and then start again this morning. John 2:15-16 talks about the three areas of sin – lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh, and pride. I wonder what thinking this is a “big deal” would be classified under – pride, I suppose.
It was 2:14am when I awoke. That sounds bad but I was asleep at 8 so it was just over 6 hours plus I think I went back to sleep until 3 something (even if it wasn’t solid sleep it was rest). It is pretty amazing.
The midnight email was a request for prayers for a family who lost their grandson. The 2am email was someone upset with the church. They don’t follow scripture and they have lost all respect for the people there. I asked if they followed scripture this morning. I am interested in their response.
As I am thinking about the “big deal” and the “scripture” people, praying for them, God put a verse in my mind.
Am I now trying to gain the approval of people, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a slave of Christ! –Galatians 1:10
I know I am supposed to share that with the “big deal” person but I want to be disobedient.
All becomes clear when the mud is removed?
A new day. Review all those people on the list. Check in. Encourage. Seek God. Strive for holiness. Pray fervently. Desperately.