Picture this...You attend church, you begin with praise and worship, listen to the pastor’s message, and you leave.
The message you heard, got you fired up. It made you feel as though you were on cloud 9, so much so that you decide to share the message with others so it can bring joy into their lives.
Monday comes and your mood changes. On a scale from 0-100, your mood is a 0. You don’t want to wake up and go to work. As a matter of fact, you hate your job and you can’t wait for the day to be over so you can go back home and not think about anything or anyone.
Thursday comes. This is “Happy Almost Friday Day.” Your energy level has increased tremendously because the start of the weekend is almost here. Right now on a scale from 0-100, your mood is a 50. You feel less stressed about work and your boss.
Friday. You’re able to relax more. A load...a work load is off of your shoulders. You’re able to breathe again. You’re stress free, worry free. The work you have left to do is able to wait until Monday. You’re feeling much better and can’t wait to get home so your weekend can begin.
Saturday means errands and lots of them.
But if you analyze this schedule ranging from Sunday to Saturday, what seems to be the one thing that’s missing?
If you answered prayer, relationship, conversations with God, reading His Word, all of the above is right.
We tend to think that if we attend church on Sunday, then the fullness of the Spirit and the message can carry us through the week. Please stop thinking this way because it’s not true.
Yes, the Lord’s Spirit is with us and within us but sometimes without us actually knowing it, we leave Him behind in Sunday. We don’t carry the Holy Spirit with us every day of the week. You may ask, “Well how can that be when He lives within me?” The Holy Spirit is there with you but He needs to be activated. God needs to know that He is needed in your life, in your situations. He’s a gentleman. He’s not going to take over. He’s not like Remy in Ratatouille who gets on top of Alfredo Linguini’s head and begins moving parts of his hair to gain control of his movement to teach him how to cook. God is about free will. You are the decision maker in whether you want to allow God to participate in your life’s decisions or not.
When we attend church and we participate in the praise and worship songs and shout Amen in agreement with what the pastor said, you’re in the moment. You’re in a setting of church where you are listening and being taught the Word of God. You listen to the message that is encouraging you for the moment of 1 ½ hours. A lot of times when we leave that sanctuary, we leave with a sense of encouragement and feel like we can accomplish so much. But if we’re not careful, we can go so far as to want to receive so much from the pastor that we want them to constantly light a fire in us that we lose sight of who the message truly came from. And that’s God.
We have to allow God into our lives each and every day, 24 hours a day and not just that but participate in church activities, read the Word, pray, act on your faith. “Don’t just listen to God, (James 1:22) but act on what He is saying."
How often do we say we love God? The answer is not very much and if/when we do it’s because He has done something in our lives that we’ve been waiting on.
Do we only love God in the moment? Do we take the time to acknowledge His goodness and how His mercy and grace has consistently covered us? Do we only love God when we deem it necessary? Do we only love God when He does something right, something we’ve asked for?
Can I tell you, that’s not love?
Loving God is taking the time to truly acknowledge who He is and what He’s done for us. “To love God is to obey Him and His commandments. It’s to love Him and to love others the way we love ourselves.” 1 John 4:7 & Mark 12:30-31
You can never be able to express love if there is no relationship.
Doing things and feeling things in the moment are based strictly on emotions because it’s based on what you feel right now. When you stop doing things in the moment, you open yourself up for vulnerability, uncomfortable spaces, growth, strength, faith, trust that isn’t found or received in the moment but it’s a life altering process created by small constant moments.
Prayer: Heavenly Father,
I pray you help us to stop living in the moment. Stop treating you like you’re only something we can receive in the moment. You are greater. You are more powerful. You are more important. We can’t place you in a box for just a moment but we need to let you out so you can interject in our lives and help us know that we need you for every moment, every second, every hour of our lives. We can’t do life without you. It doesn’t matter if it gets hard or easy. We will always need you for every moment.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.