Pastor Keith Williams,
High Prairie Bethel Baptist Church
For many years I have been interested in motorcycles. I have always wanted to build a bike of my own like you might have seen people doing on TV. I found [on the Internet] a bike shop in the States that sells a “bike in a box”. Everything I need to build my own bike is included, except the fluids and a battery.
You can even customize the parts you want to suit your desires and tastes. This seems like a very convenient way to build a bike for a beginner like me. I can just open the box and build when I have the time to do so, and if I am busy or it’s not convenient, I just leave everything in the box so to speak.
I have found in my ministry that a lot of people want to have a “God in a box”. They like the idea of a convenient God that they can take out whenever they need Him. You know, usually if something goes wrong in their life or maybe we open the box on Sunday and let Him out for awhile and feel good about that.
“We’re complacent to God. Churchgoers pack the pews and sing to the back of someone’s head. Fellowship is lost in formality. One, two, three times a week people pay their dues by walking in the door, enduring a ritual, and walking out. Guilt is appeased. God is insulted. Are we so naive as to think that He needs our attendance? Are we so ignorant that we put God in box, thinking He can be taken in and out at our convenience.” – Max Lucado.
The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever, doesn’t seem to fit in the box. We often have the idea that, “The chief end of man is not to glorify God and enjoy Him forever, but to glorify ourselves and enjoy ourselves forever. Let’s live our best life now.
If the highest ambition or the greatest goal is to buy a home, have a comfortable life, retire comfortably, and that is the essence of our Christianity, we have missed the point. Oh, I know we wouldn’t actually say those words but how do we live our lives?
Let’s fall to our knees and repent. God is not waiting with a big stick to correct and beat us with but with open arms, and is always ready to forgive us, no matter who far we have strayed or however unforgiving we are to ourselves.
Soli Deo Gloria!