(Post by: Lilly Hobbs)
This blog is different. Our posts are very transparent. The Few isn’t something a lot of Christians want to be involved in, let’s be real. Just a couple days ago, I looked at my sister Madie and I told her that I don’t want this blog or The Few to be like every other ministry or blog that’s out there.
God has really been working on my heart lately. I hope y’all know that everything I say, I say in love. I know that some of the things you’re about to read might be hard to hear, but I’ve just got to say it and be obedient to what God has asked me to say.
I’m so done worrying if people think that I’m too harsh or too real. I’m so done watching Christians waver in their faith because they really don’t want to be serious.
I don’t want to keep watching parents take their kids to every sports event they’re invited to, only to end up missing church all the time. I can’t keep waiting and hoping that people will actually do the things that God tells me to write in these blog posts.
To make it plain, I’m so done settling with something we call “Church” that’s not really Church. I’m so done patting people on the back, who claim to be “Christians” but aren’t living like it, and telling them that they are doing a great job.
Just this morning, as I was studying and asking God to guide me with this post, I read something by Leonard Ravenhill that just spoke to my heart like crazy.
He said, “Someone asked me, “Do you pray for the dead?” I said, “No, I preach to them!” I think every pew in every church is death row. Think about that! They’re dead! They sing about God; they talk about God, but they’re dead! They have no living relationship with God. In the early church, signs and wonders and miracles followed. They cast our demons, blindness and paralysis. That’s normal Christianity! Today’s Church wants to be raptured from responsibility.”
Raptured from responsibility. Hmm. That struck me.
The more my family and I travel the U.S. helping local churches, the more I am convinced that there are a lot less of The Few in Church than I had originally thought. You’d be surprised how many people would choose to go to a game night over going to a prayer meeting. Or how many people who come to church but aren’t actually saved and living it out during the week.
Y’all, we are wasting so much time. I wonder what would happen if every church in America would decide to have real church every day of the week and not just a service on Sunday morning.
I’m talking about prayer meeting’s and serious worship. I’m talking about going out of our building’s and sharing the Gospel with the lost and taking discipleship seriously.
The reason that I’m pouring out what’s on my heart all in one post, is because if Jesus decides to come tonight, I want to have said what He told me to say today. Oh, how I long to live every day for Jesus. With passion! With an expectant heart that I’m going to get to see Him move!
Hebrews 10:24-25 says, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
Have you ever attended a church service where the Spirit was moving, or a prayer meeting where the Lord was speaking directly to you? I know I have. It’s powerful, it’s the most amazing feeling, so why don’t we want to go to go to church every day of the week?
Why do we prioritize worldly things like work, sports, and materialistic items over our big God who is so good to us?
I’m so done trying to figure out why Christians don’t act like Christ and why our idea of “Church” isn’t cutting it. All I know is that I personally have a responsibility to make Jesus and His business my ONLY priority while I’m here on earth. You do too.
My encouragement for you is this… If you’re not going to settle for fake Christianity, then choose not to now. If you’ve been meaning to get in your Bible and pray more, do it now. If you’re going to be a real Christian, do it now.
God’s not going to wait around for you to get your act together forever.
Do it now.
SO WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSE?
= Are you changed because of what Jesus has done for you?
= Did you relate with this post?
= What are you going to do differently?
This post is so real! I am going to be honest, sometimes I would rather do something else than go to church like sleep. but that can’t be an excuse, we need to live out every second for Jesus. We need to make him known to others and ourself. We need to make the word Church real and everyone there needs to as well. Church can’t be some word that we only live our faith out there, we need to make every place like Chruch and we can live it out no matter where we are. I admit it can be hard to live it out and make it right. What if Jesus would come back tonight? Would we be willing to see him or would be emarresed because you have not been living in out? I know I probably would not want to see him but I do know that I need to do a lot better starting now. I need to remember that God is watching my every move and he knows what I do. So know I want to live it out even if it is hard to. We can’t give up on ourselves.
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Thanks for reading girl! One of the best things we can do for ourselves spiritually is be real about where we are at in our walk with Jesus. I’m with you Kate! You got this! 🙂
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What an awesome post. You are so encouraging to me, Cindy, as well as to my daughters. Very thankful to have you in their lives. We have been traveling out west and my heart just breaks for so many out here. In Sedona Arizona, there is a high presence of New Age religion where they worship the rocks, crystals, taro reading, etc. We then moved on to Palm Springs, California, where there was almost no religion with a high atheist representation. It was very materialistic and earthy. Our last stop in Utah, produced even a higher sadness with Mormonism everywhere. We had the chance To go to a local temple which had a museum attached to it. We talked to a 64-year-old man and his wife who are deeply embedded in the Mormon culture. They told us of a baptismal that they’re building inside the temple where their young people go to be baptized for the dead. They said that they needed to be baptized on their deads behalf so they may still have a chance to except Jesus. That was just one of many alarming things that he shared with us in his religion. We shared the a Gospel but it truly fell on deaf ears. We need to stand tall, Bold, and have a heart to be on fire for Jesus. We need to have a willingness to share in every situation. The gospel message of Christ needs to go out of believers mouths on a daily basis. Keep on keeping on girl. We love what you and your family do and we love partnering with you as well. Grace and peace dear one. Keep The Few going.
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Thank you so much for taking the time to comment Cyndee! Made my day! I wholeheartedly agree with you. The Gospel shouldn’t cease to be on our lips, ready to share at any moment. The examples you gave show how much our world, and nation, need Jesus and need real Christians to show Jesus. We can’t just keep “telling” them about the Gospel. We’ve got to live it out every day for those around us to see. Safe travels! Praying for y’all! 😁
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