It’s funny – in a very non-amusing way – how often we human beings tend to hold the thought that we have it all figured out, especially in relation to our Creator – the God who figured it all before we thought to come into existence. Many believers may quickly assume that they are exempt from this group, but I find that we professing believers in the gospel of Jesus Christ, sometimes play the worst culprits in this regard.
How do we play the know-it-alls with God? In one very basic way actually:
It’s actually quite simple. Anything else we do to displease, dishonor or disdain God will likely fall under the single act of disobedience, one way or another.
So then, why do we disobey God? I’m asking for both the believers and the un. Sure, for the latter we could say the situation is that they have been deceived into looking at Christ and not seeing Him as beautiful and worthy of every thread of reverence and devotion; but deceit is also a choice is it not? You’re presented with truth, and you are presented with lies. You grab the lies and flail your arms excitedly – choice. A choice that is straight up disobedience. For the believers, is it not even worse? You’ve made the choice to take the first step in living a life of obedience to Him, He makes available everything you need to excel in that choice; yet at slight (or even major) provocations/attacks/storms/circumstances, one is suddenly all about doubting, second-guessing, questioning, ignoring, discarding…or disbelieving the great many promises of the God he or she promised to surrender and submit all to.
You just read about my struggle to get ‘clean’ during bath time in the previous post right? Okay, now imagine I was stuck in that same predicament – only this time, with neither water, soap nor sponge.
How intelligent would you consider me after reading such an account of straight up silliness?
Chances are, I may have few/no subscribers left at the end of that day because people don’t like to waste their time (at least, people like you). You might read and wonder; “Why is she wasting her time and being so ridiculous? Who goes to take a bath without water and soap at least?”
Exactly. I find the idea equally absurd. So why ‘waste time’ then, trying to get ‘clean’ enough for God, if one has refused to access the materials He’s made available for the achievement of that very purpose? How can you claim to do things for God, when you’re too busy doing you to even obey God? Are the things we need to be in right-standing with the righteous and perfect God borne of our effort and work and religious observance of certain activities, or not?
- Is it by the number of times we pray in a day or the length and volume of our praying or even in the substance of our prayers?
- Is it by the number of scriptures we have memorized or the number of Bible reference materials owned or the umber of times we won ‘Draw Your Sword’?
- Is it by the humble nature of the surroundings we live in or by lack of ambition?
- Is it by all the godly articles we post/share online and all the godly counsel we give people over Whatsapp?
- Is it by the number of ‘Amens’ yelled and screeched at services and seminars and programs and concerts – or by the number of these faithfully attended?
- Is it because we: don’t hug members of the opposite sex, can speak in tongues, evangelize, listen to only gospel music, fast every week, say ‘It is well’, ‘Bless you’ and ‘By the grace of God’ all the time, dress modestly, snob make-up and jewelry, keep our hair natural, eat only organic food and white meat, scorn entertainment, ‘confess’ wrongs done to a priest, always concede to others ‘for the sake of peace’, smile sparingly, have Christian parents, sprinkle ‘holy water’ and ‘the blood’ on everything, walk with a hunch all the time, nod solemnly during every exhortation, give all we own away, seek minimal profit or wealth, watch no television, cover our hair and wear skirts, make all our social media bios read: ‘God’s favorite’, abstain from drinking and smoking, use sanitary towels instead of tampons, don’t sleep around, sing in the choir, pastor a church, – whattt?!
What does one have to do to be ‘clean’ enough for God?
To some reading, a few of the listed things might even seem ridiculous suggestions but you’d be amazed the things we can grow to believe if we hear them often enough and ingest them (If faith can come by hearing, what makes you think there aren’t many other things that can do same?). I’m not asking whether the above listed are all good or all bad – those differences may be addressed as one discovers the beauty in balance and studies the word of God, permitting understanding given by the Holy Spirit to work in them. The question is, do such patterns work? What makes one truly righteous?
Most importantly, what does God say about it?
Why Should We Want to Get Clean Anyway?
Romans 3:23 = “…for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Matthew 5:8 = “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.”
(No one starts off ‘clean enough’ and if we aren’t, we’ll never see God.)
John 3:16 = “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Matthew 18:14 = “Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.”
2 Thessalonians 2:10 = “…and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.”
(Remaining outside Christ equals remaining in iniquity…sin…the dirt/eternal death.)
Doesn’t God Need Us Pre-washed?
Mark 2:17 = “When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They are that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”
Matthew 11:28 = “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
Romans 8:3 = “For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh.”
Psalms 145:18 = “The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.”
Romans 10:13 = “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
(No one or thing could fix the sin ‘filth’ problem…outside Christ. God provides the means to perfection and purity in Himself – we only need to call. Self-reliant striving is vain and futile.)
To be continued…