Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Christians Should be Addicts

Our preacher said something very thought provoking Sunday morning. He does that all the time, so it's nothing new. I am thankful for a pastor who is not just telling us bible stories of old or just digging into deep doctrines, but he preaches on living for God on a daily basis. A lot of people have just enough religion to make them miserable, but a personal walk with God brings joy and peace.  What good does it do to go to church if we go to work and out in public and are mean spirited, short tempered, blowing up at people, hateful and bitter? I know some people like that. They call themselves Christians, but their attitudes and actions have NOTHING to do with Christ, except that they hurt the cause of Christ.  It is more important for them to show themselves, than for Christ to be seen through them. But that is not what this post is about. It's just on my mind because I am seeing it so often!!
Our preacher was talking about addictions. He said an addiction is not something you have, but it's something that has you. That is SO true. A person who is addicted to tobacco, alcohol, drugs, porn, whatever, he or she can't do without it. They go into DT's if they don't get the substance or are irritable and  depressed if they can't get their fix. Our preacher quoted I Corinthian 16:15 I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,) He said what if we were addicted to Christ, so that every day, we just HAD to have Christ in our life in such a way, that we would be anxious if we had not helped someone, or if we had not read our bible we would get the shakes or we would give up watching TV or being with friends because we just HAD to spend time in prayer. What if every day we got up and our main focus was that we  had to have our time with God and we begged him to give us someone to help or encourage? What if  instead of thinking about how we want to tell someone off, we asked God to help us forgive, as he has forgiven us, and get that bitterness out? I am sure that all those that have to be around us would be thankful, as someone who is hateful and bitter are not nice people to be around. What if instead of thinking about spending money on getting our nails done or our hair dyed, we thought about giving that money to help someone or buy someone lunch and just listen to them?
This world tells us through commercials, billboards, magazines etc, that we need to be doing so many things for ourselves, yet God calls us to be servants.
This is one addiction that you would not be ashamed of or have to hide it from anyone. Not only would you not be ashamed of it, but your life will be blessed by it. What a contrast to the addictions the world offers!!

1 comment:

  1. Wow... So glad I bumped into this post today! Beautiful!


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