Have you ever found yourself in a service where the hymn was sung so slowly that you would like to stop the singing and ask for the hymn to be sung again in a different beat? Yes, we all have been there.
In our Christian growth we can have the right food and the right exercise, but if you do not have the right attitude, you will not go too far.
This is the challenge that everyone who begins the year with big resolutions faces. After a few weeks, they do not have the energy and will to continue with their decisions. They end up quitting, getting frustrated, and upset with themselves.
In the Christian life it is the same. We start a project or program, and we think that we will be able to keep up with that, but for our disappointment we will succumb and give up.
Churches try to motivate people to keep coming, giving, and serving, through the creation of many programs, and activities, to entertain and maintain their excitement and enthusiasm. .
So, the churches that have more entertainment activities and programs for their members, will win the race for a big membership. Because of that the churches need to come up with new stuff daily, so their members will stay connected.
In 1 Timothy 4: 13-16 we find the apostle Paul telling Timothy, his disciple, what he needs to do to keep growing in his Christian faith. Here is the text: “1Tim. 4:13 Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. 14 Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through a prophetic message when the body of elders laid their hands on you.
15 Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. 16 Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.”
Key words used by Paul:
Devote Yourself in sharing the message
Do not neglect your gift
Be diligent in these matters
Watch your life and doctrine
Persevere in them
That is the motivational speech that Paul gave to Timothy, there are no gimmicks, no tricks, and no magic.
1 – It will affect our personal life – When we have the right attitude toward our Christian life, that will affect our personal life. We will pray in a different way, we will read the Scriptures in a different way, we will witness in a different way, we will serve in a different way, we will worship in a different way. Things will look differently and will sound differently.
2 – It will affect our relationship with God – We will see and understand God in a different way. Our relationship with Him will be exciting, alive. God is real, He is alive, and He is with us. Because of that our attitude will be different.
3 – It will affect our relationship with others – Finally, it will affect our relationship with others. People will notice that something is changing in our lives. We are learning things about God that we did not know, we are experiencing things in our spiritual journey that we never did, and people around us will be puzzled about that. Our family will see, our neighbors will see, our friends will see, and our colleagues will see. And they will ask us what is going on, giving us, in this way, an opportunity to witness about Jesus.
Dear brothers and sisters, sometimes, our Christian life sounds like the first time that we sang that hymn, boring and dead.
It is a different attitude, the right one that will change how we grow and show our relationship with God.
Sometimes we think that we need people to come and give, and serve with us. That is the wrong perspective. The people out there are those who need us. They need to know God, they need to cultivate a relationship with God, they need a church where they can learn about God, be trained in the Christian ministry, and to worship God.
We need each other, and all of us need God.
The world needs us! We do not need them, even though sometimes our attitude shows that. They are the ones in need here. And God decided to put you and me in their way, so we can help them to find Jesus.
We are the gift of God to them, and this revelation should change our attitude toward God, the Church, and ourselves.
Have a blessed week,