John 15:5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
Have you heard of the mobile phone app Tinder? Because I work for a pregnancy center I am very well versed on this and many other hook up apps. These apps are used by Christians, non-christians, young people and middle aged people to find people who want to have a sexual encounter without commitments. You know…hit it and quit it.
I think some Christians are playing hit it and quit it with God. He is popping up to us in our thoughts and circumstances and we are swiping Him left. Not now God. You are not what I am looking for. I don’t have time for you right now. God is swiping you right while you are swiping Him left.
Some of you are swiping God right but with the intention of just hitting it and quitting it. You want God, but only for that moment or that problem you are trying to fix. Sometimes it is a swipe left for God and when things are going well it’s a swipe left. However God is always swiping right for you because He is always there.
God does not want to be a hook up for us. He wants to be our friend. He wants to be there to hear the good things that are going on in our lives as well as our challenges. He wants to know when we are just having a so so day, when we have bombed the day and especially when we have rocked it. He is following us on every social media out there to keep up on what we are doing because with some of us that is the only way to know what is going on in our lives.
The scripture says: I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. Abiding involves our response to the teaching of Jesus. Colossians 3:16 tells us that we are to “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly,”
Abiding in Christ means allowing His Word to fill our minds, direct our wills, and transform our affections. In other words, our relationship to Christ is intimately connected to what we do with our Bibles! Then, of course, as Christ’s Word dwells in us and the Spirit fills us, we will begin to pray in a way consistent with the will of God and discover the truth of our Lord’s often misapplied promise: “You will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you” (John 15:7b).
How our culture dates and the values and morals used for sex has changed but one thing that is consistent and will always be consistent is God and His love for us. Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Romans 8:39 (ESV) nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
It is time to make a decision to stop the hit or quit app with God. I challenge you to dwell Him every day. To follow Him, read His post, to like his comments and even to retweet them. God is so good and He loves us like no one else. He promises us that by abiding in Him will bring us much fruit. I don’t know about you but I read and see so much junk and depressing information on social media today that I could use some fruit in my life. Today, make a decision to quit flirting with God and make a commitment for life long relationship. Maybe you have been having an affair with the world. Never fear, God doesn’t want He divorce. Tell Him you are sorry and fall in love with Him again. God is good and He is good all the time.
Today’s Truth: Micah 6:8 You mortals, the Lord has told you what is good. This is what the Lord requires from you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to live humbly with your God
From My Heart To Yours:
Can Christians really make a difference in the world or is it too late? This question is one that is discussed in many pulpits and small group bible studies across America. I believe there are a couple of different answers to the question. First I believe yes we can make a difference. We can make a difference in our own families, in our churches, in our communities and in our circle of Christian friends. If you are a Christian, you know the Bible describes how the world will end. The Bible tells us that as we get closer to the end of this world that sin will not get better, it will get worse. True, however to me, that does not mean that we just lay down and prepare for death. We still a responsibility to God while we are here.
I find the book of Micah to be a very interesting book of the Bible and I believe that it and this scripture reference for today can be used to answer the question, can Christians really make a difference in the world today.
Micah was a modern-day prophet for his time. He was telling the people who God was a God of love but he was also a God of wrath. The people were told that judgement was certain to come upon them if they did not heed His warnings about their blatant sins. A lot of preachers and television evangelist today talk about promises and blessings for Christians but choose not to talk to about the sins we are committing. Discussing sin is not popular now and it was not popular in Micah’s day either.
Micah was not the deliver of gloom and doom by talking about the sins of that day. He told the people God loved them and provided hope that their relationship with God could be restored as it once was before. He didn’t stop there though. He gave them clear instructions on how to do it. Micah 6:8 says, You mortals, the Lord has told you what is good. This is what the Lord requires from you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to live humbly with your God.
God still requires these three things from Christians today just as He did in Micah’s day. If every Christian would decide to follow this simple verse we could make a difference in this world and with all those we come in contact with.
….This is what the Lord requires from you:
1. TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT – We are to do what is right in our relationship with God. God is deserving of our heart, mind, body, and soul. Jesus tells us (Mk. 12:28-30) that the first commandment is to “love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.” Because He created us in His own image, God rightly and justly deserves all of our worship and adoration. “This is the first commandment.”
We are also to do what is right and fair to our neighbor (to other people). Not what is right and fair based on what man tells us but what is right and fair based on what God tells us. The world tells us to sue our neighbor, hate our neighbor, ignore our neighbor and the list goes on. Jesus tells us (MK12:31) The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
2. TO LOVE MERCY – You must show love and kindness. Some people are weaker than you are and some are poorer than you are. You should be kind to them and help them. For most Christians this means giving money to the poor person standing on the side of the road or giving money to the homeless. But mercy comes in many forms such as kindness, benevolence, and charity. Sometimes mercy is just being willing to forgive the sins of others as God is willing to forgive our sins.
3. TO LIVE HUMBLY WITH GOD – You must walk (live) humbly with God. The first two instructions tell us how to treat each other. But this one is about our actions towards God. We should agree with what God tells us in His Word and show Him that He is important to us through our word, actions and lives. We should do what God wants us to, no matter how easy or how hard it may be.
You can not do the first two if you do not have a good relationship with God. You must love him, trust him, depend on him and obey him. With him all things are possible. Without him one and two will be impossible.
Can Christians really make a difference in the world? Again I say yes. Won’t you do your part? Start today by deciding to focus on you and your family and then challenge and inspire other Christians to do the same.
Dear Lord, we know that in the times we live in today it is hard to stand for right. Sometimes we become discouraged, want to give up trying to do right. Sometimes we are convinced that we can not make a difference because we are just one person or one family. But Lord we know you are still the same God today as you were in Micah’s day. Thank you for your promise of forgiveness through salvation and for the mercy and grace you give to us each day. Help us to do what is right, to love mercy and to live humbly with you. In Jesus Name. AMEN.