We sit in church (many of us) week after week, month after month and year after year listening to message after message. It occurred to me, after a group of us gathered, following one service that I listened to a conversation that ripped apart the message and the speaker. I wondered what are we getting out these meetings?
Had anyone heard the many wonderful God glorifying things the speaker had said? Had anyone heard the many encouragements to walk in faith believing in the Lord? I had to ask myself, what do I go to church expecting to come away with?
I have seen some come looking to network socially, politically, and relationally, but cannot recall anyone saying that I am going because the Lord will be there and maybe he has something special I need to hear. How often do you ask yourself why you went to church and was there something moving that you heard that will impact your perspective on your tomorrow’s?
I have decided from now on that I will pray for a blessing from each message, no matter how small or great. I will pray that the Lord will not allow me to walk out without knowing something more about him or myself and a new or better way to live for my God and my King. I will pray that I am given discernment concerning the message and that I may dwell on the parts that edify and ignore the controversy. I will take note of my presupposition and consider its impact on the message.
Be ye hearers and doers of the word.
by Delilah (Guest Post)
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