“Shaking in my Boots” – that was the feeling that came over me as I began having trouble last night with the internet in the Hotel room. The thought came across my mind that I would not be able to write and share my simple reflection. Naturally, as you can see now – the issue was resolved and I was able to use the internet.
But the feeling that came over me – gave me something interesting to think about and reflect upon. If I was nervous because of the lack of ability to communicate by email with a small group of people, what would it be like to be cut off from communicating with my God? I cannot begin to imagine what that would be like. I cannot remember ever being limited in reaching out to God in prayer. As a child, I always felt Jesus was there! As a young person that was very typical in many ways and distant from God for a few years, I continued to believe that if I needed to or wanted to – I could reach out and He would be there.
The verse from Deuteronomy 31:6 which states, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.” It’s a beautiful. However, even before I learned the verse – or read it in the Bible, I knew it was true! Why? Because I was brought up in a Christian home where we were committed to Christ and His Church. There lies the problem with families today! There is a lack of commitment of the Parents and Grandparents to be in Church and to live a Committed Christ like life – where the Children can see an example before them – day in and day out.
Today if there is a ball game – it is more important than Church. If there is a Birthday Party – it is more important than Church. If we all stayed out late last night – it is more important than Church. If I have not been fishing or need to cut the grass or just want to be with family – it’s all more important the Church. Oh, but I’m not going to Hell because of missing one Sunday – here or there. Maybe not but what if Jesus missed just one Passover meal and it happened to be the one where He started the Lord’s Supper? What if Jesus had missed just one Cross hanging, there would still be a need for a Savior.
I am beginning to think that I need to be take Church and my Christ more seriously – because what would it be like if I could not communicate with Him or Worship Him – as I wish? Maybe I need to be Radically Committed to Him and His Church!
Gene Vincent is the Pastor of Beechland Baptist Church: 351 Beechland Road, Lewisburg, KY 42256