Several months ago I realized that I was a pew sitter. I’m sure you know a few of these. The people who go to  church and then walk out worldly people. Does this irritate you? Well, I was one of them. You couldn’t tell me from a non-believer. I was sanding in both worlds. One foot in Heaven and one on Earth. Well, I did some Bible research on who I was and God showed me these verses (among others):

Revelation 3:15-16

“‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!”

2 Timothy 4:3

For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions,

How many of us visit church after church until we find one that “We” like? I was having troubles settling down on a church home and found that perhaps the problem was not the church but with myself. Someone years ago told me that my problem was that I was not in “Fellowship” with God. REALLY? How DARE he say that to ME! lol Well, turns out he was right and I was defensive, not to him, but to God because for the conviction He had placed on me. So, I did something that most Christians cringe at. I left the church all together! Yes, I left. I left for a better relationship. One with God Himself.

I took 6 months and really evaluated my life, my relationships, and my faith. I spent every day on my knees in prayer. Begging God to give me His knowledge, His love, His mercy and so forth and you know what? He did. Funny how that works. I began living a life that I had dreamed of, wanting nothing else but to serve Him and follow His will.

My work with God started with my questioning Him (Oh my gosh, she said question God. Yes, I did.). I was learning to place all of my faith with Him so I asked; “When  are you going to be the father to my children? That’s what the Bible says you are?

“Sing to God, sing praise to his name, extol him who rides on the clouds — his name is the LORD— and rejoice before him. A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.”  Psalm 68:4-5

So I asked for clothing for my children. My husband had literally abandoned all of us with nothing and I could not afford to buy clothing even at the thrift store for them. So I placed my trust in Him to provide. And He did but then I began to see a problem with it. After a few weeks, I had so many clothes that I could no longer keep up with the laundry and my stress level was soaring! So, my next question..

Lord, WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS TO ME? 🙂 well, this is what He said in return…

“I did this so that you would learn that you don’t need as much as you want. BUT, my people do. They are lost and hungry. You must fill their physical needs so that I may fulfill their spiritual needs. Give these away and speak my words to each person.” So, that very Saturday I hosted my first giveaway at my parents home (Where I live) and God was able to cloth 20 families and feed a few with things I had pulled out of my pantry.

Now I then had another problem arise the day was over. I was given donations but I was given so many things I now had more than what I started with, even though my things had been taken. So what now? I came to God in prayer again. “Lord, what do I do? I can’t keep all these things here. This is your ministry so you need to find a free place to put this stuff because I cannot afford to pay rent for a building.” Within 3 days time, I was offered a free place with lights and everything for as long as we need. So back on my knees I went to give God thanks for His wonderful work. To Him all the praise and glory is given! Amen.

This is what has been done outside of church and solely for Gods glory. Today was another giveaway and a man came around and questioned me why I would leave church. In  a way he was chastising me for leaving. I didn’t know this man in the least bit but I also understand that he is not angry with me, but God. He was angry that I was not under conviction and that I must attend church because that is what is expected. 🙂 Now, if you are in fellowship and doing Gods work, it doesn’t matter if you attend church or not. God will feed your soul and supply you with what you need to continue on.  I distinctly recall God saying go forth and preach the gospel unto every nation. He never said you must be a man or that you must go to church. He said clothe the poor, feed them and preach to them and thus I have and am doing.

So, my question for you is, what are you doing for the glory of the Lord? Are you standing in both worlds as I was? Do you find enjoyment in fornication, adultery, drugs, porn, even thinking sexual thoughts about others? Do you hate your neighbor or brother? Let me leave you with one thought:

Matthew 7:5

Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

When you serve Him, you must serve Him wholly and come before Him to heal you inside-out first. If you are willing, He will use you. Can you step out on faith and leave the church? Can you make disciples of men? Sitting in a pew does nothing for God. But what you do for His glory does! Step out on faith and start what He has laid on your heart to do and remember, you cannot do anything but God can do everything!

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