Too many times in our Christian walk, we are faced with decisions that MAKE us take inventory of our motives. Too many times, we choose unwisely and end up regretting the decision. We serve a mighty GOD who demands certain things from us, yet we do not return our glory to Him. We just walk around entitled and unimpressed by who He is and what He has done because we are so fixated on what we feel we need from Him in the future. Instead of allowing Him to drive the car and us sit quietly in the back seat, we have taken over the drivers seat and placed Him and His will in the Trunk. Because of this, we have manufactured for ourselves a life that has not made much difference to the Kingdom of GOD. Although this is wrong, God still longs for us to serve Him by giving Him glory and living a life of sacrifice for Him.

This means, because we are flawed, we need constant reminders of how best to do this, along with how best to propel the Gospel. That’s right, the Gospel. You know, the whole reason we are still on this earth breathing is because God wants something from us…you got it, EVERYTHING. This means everything we are, everything we have and every dream we can think up. Now, in reality, we do not like this nor do we submit. So, we walk around doing what we please and slapping a “Jesus is pleased with me” sticker on what we want God to bless or what we want others to think God blessed. What I find very interesting is that seldom God wants the exact same thing I want. So, I must submit, forfeit and allow God to work His will through me.

This brings me to my last point: Christianity. Christianity should be talked about and introduced in such a way as to make the person understand that this is the single hardest thing they will ever do.

That this decision will cost them their dreams.

That this decision will cost them their lives.

A person becoming a Christian should realize that because of this commitment, there is nothing else more pressing or more important than this relationship. Then, if they are ready to make it, we are to shape, mold and direct (disciple) them until they are ready to duplicate the process with others.

My prayer this week is that we would all look – no, search for opportunities to pray for and possibly bring someone to church in the next few weeks. I believe that a healthy church is a church where those attending invite people who are not attending, so there is a greater impact for the Kingdom of God.

Would you pray that with me?

Would you commit to walking this road with me?

Would you look into your own life and ask the hard questions?

God bless you this week.

Derek Osburn

Lead Pastor