II Corinthians 5: 17: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.
Today I heard a preacher speaking on this very subject,” Have you changed?” I loved his message because it truly resonated with my spirit. So many people in church today are living the same life they lived, B.C. (Before Christ), you know, before they got saved. Other folks are not saved, but are identity-thieves, pretending to be Christians.
Have you changed since you got saved? Do you still swear? Do you drink and party like you used to? Do you still do drugs? Are you cheating in your marriage or sleeping with someone else’s spouse? Do you hide in a dark room at night viewing pornography on your phone or computer? I can’t see you, but you can be sure God does. If you’re doing any of that, you haven’t changed. Do you gossip about others? Do you have an insatiable need to know everything about everyone that you possibly can?
God still wants us to get married and not just live together. That’s called fornication and it’s a sin. One of the works of the flesh. (Galatians 5: 19-21). So is idolatry. You might think you don’t worship idols, but if you keep your kids out of church for sports…uh oh, not good. Revelries are parties, not all parties count. Just those with drinking or doing drugs, or wife swapping or being stoned out of your mind, or partaking in other sinful worldly pleasures. How about Sorcery? Do you take part in witchcraft? Of course not, you say as you listen to voices on the psychic hotline, or read your Horoscope. There’s a whole list there in that verse, check them out, check yourself out. If you don’t know what they mean, get a dictionary and look them up. Why? Because that last line says this: …those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Hebrews 10: 25: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
Now this next statement I want to preface with a disclaimer. If you are immune compromised, if you are weak or physically compromised in any way, this does not apply to you.
But we are told in Scripture, you just read it, to go to church. To assemble. People need each other to walk this walk. One of the things Christians hunger for is to be with others of like belief. Again, I reiterate, if you are health compromised, or have to work, this isn’t for you, but once we get saved, we want to be in church. We used to have unsaved family come to visit. We’d tell them, “Tomorrow is Sunday, we’d love to have you come to church with us, but if you don’t want to, we’ll see you as soon as service is over.” More times than not, they went with us. We were called fanatics at first, among other things, but that soon wore off. Once they realized that we were serious and this wasn’t ‘just a phase,’ things changed. As a result, most of our family got saved.
It’s time to get back to the heart of worship, because it’s all about Him, all about Jesus. We need to put Him first, lest we wake up one day and find that millions of Christians have disappeared, and we weren’t in the midst. That we’d been left behind. For He is coming soon! Until next time!