*I was hesitating about pulling the trigger on this post, because it is rather long, and also it’s an issue I’m still processing. But someone contacted me to share that till they read it, they believed that God had abandoned them because of circumstances in their life. That really shook me, because it’s not true. So here’s the post – I’m really open to any thoughts about it. As always, God Bless :—)
What I find scary about certain churches is this preaching:
“It’s not about what you can do. It’s about what God can do!”
Which at first blush sounds fine, because He is the vine (divine too) and I am the branches, and He must increase and I decrease, yes?
But when you cut to the heart of that message – no fear, no guilt, no pain, no anxiety
And that’s where it ends.
Then we are in trouble.
Because the statement now reads as such:
“It’s not about what you can do (for yourself, for your own happiness). It’s about what God can do (for you, to make you happy).”
Then at the heart of this Gospel is not Jesus Christ, but you. You are the focus, God serving you is the focus.
And then when things go awry and your life isn’t a bubble bath sans wrinkly skin – what then? God has failed you? Reneged on His promise? Let you down?
I would like to be wrong. Perhaps the loop is completed. Perhaps if I heard just one more sermon, then the preacher might add
“But God does not do this for us to lay back in the lap of luxury. He cares for our needs so that we might look past these petty concerns to see Him, then serve and love Him, and others.”
Then we are pointed back to God. Then the focus is where it should be.
Not God kneeling to serve us like a butler sliding choice morsels into waiting mouths, but that once our petty needs are met, just once, we can peer through the clutter and see Him.
And then if my needs are never met again, that is well, for I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learnt the secret of facing plenty and hunger, to abound and to suffer need. I can do ALL THINGS, suffer all things, endure all things, overcome all things, through Christ who gives me strength.