In our revival last week, the Lord truly poured out His blessings upon us. I believe our church has grown spiritually and received a renewal that was needed to go forward for our Savior and reach our community for Him. Friday night, a man came forward for baptism that had been attending our church for several years. On Sunday another person came to us after church and said she was saved and was ready to be baptized as well. We are so glad to have these dear folks in our church. God is so good to us.
The Lord certainly spoke to my heart also. I came across a quote by J. Wilbur Chapman, “It is not the ship in the water, but the water in the ship that sinks it. So it is not the Christian in the world, but the world in the Christian that constitutes the danger. Anything that dims my vision of Christ, or takes away my taste for Bible Study, or cramps my prayer life, or makes Christian work difficult, is wrong for me, and I must, as a Christian, turn away from it.”
Wow, the more I pondered this quote the more it affirmed to me that there is a world out there that is grabbing for our attention. How often I find my attention on the wrong things. These things may not be bad things. Let’s face it. It doesn’t take too long to find something that grabs our attention, or “muddies” our focus. There is a lot of good things that I can do, but are they what I should do. In Romans 12 :1-2, “I beseech ye therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God that ye present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.”
I think the will of God he speaks of here is two-fold. God has a will for us to be saved. God also has a plan for us that is day by day. Daily we have choices to make on where our focus will be. What is this daily “good, and acceptable and perfect will of God” for you. So often we find ourselves in a place where “this thing is good, therefore I need to do it.” I think we need to prayerfully ask God each day; What is the will of God for me today? When our focus is aligned with His our days will be productive.
When we allow the world to have a prominent place in our life rather than God’s Will for us, we will become discouraged and ineffective for Him.
Is your boat floating or sinking? We might want to figure it out before we drown!