I would like to start out by saying that I am aware that it has almost been a week since I last posted an article and the reason for that is tied up in what I have been meditating on since I attended the Esther Prophetic Conference at NAGC this past weekend. Awesome awesome way to spend a weekend by the way.
I’ve been thinking a lot about how I started out wanting to just share topics that I find interesting and possibly having a discussion about them with a few girlfriends, but the more I wrote, the more I realized that it was impossible to separate my faith from whatever I wrote… From the abundance of the heart the issues of life flow and just like that, this became a “Christian Blog”.
I suppose it has a lot to do with how I spend my time, what I listen to, who I surround myself with, and I really hope you don’t mind me throwing in a scripture or two while discussing the latest fashion trends. I really can’t help myself.
I’ve been thinking a lot about my journey to the place I find myself in and its been a long winding road from when I was a little girl in itchy stockings and a chiffon fancy dress walking the dusty streets of Potchefstroom every Sunday morning with my grandmother on my way to a church with a loud bell at the entrance, wooden pews, stained glass windows and old hymnals.
A place where everybody acted like they were due for a rapture into heaven straight after the service, but instead as soon as they got back home after the service, it was like the clock struck midnight at Cinderella’s ball and the crystal carriage turned into a pumpkin again until next sunday.
It’s a wonderful “God bless you so and so” and “I’ll pray for sister so and so” charade most people don’t mind scheduling into their day at least once a week. A great reason to dress up and get emotional and go home feeling good routine most people repeat without even putting much thought into it.
But there’s some things I’ve realized recently.
1. The weekly cycle of putting on your Sunday Best and switching into your Monday Worst just hours later defeats the purpose of your Christ walk being more of a journey than a roundabout stroll in the same spot every week for the rest of your life. There needs to be progress. Hebrews 6:1states: ” So let us stop going over the basic teachings about Christ again and again. Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding.”
2. Realize that a church is place where you are equipped to change circumstances, where you are trained to be effective. This is where you learn to master your gifts and calling. 1 Peter 4:10 states:
“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” So sitting back and enjoying the show clearly isn’t how we’re going to accomplish that.
3. Going to a church believing for a transformation in your life without realizing that it takes sowing your own life to transform the lives of your family members, your colleagues, your neighbor, and even the lives of complete strangers you meet along the way, then your life will most likely not be transformed until you realize and get started on that. Luke 4:18-19 states“The Spirit of the LORD is upon me,
for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released,
that the blind will see,
that the oppressed will be set free, 19 and that the time of the LORD’s favor has come.” Its about bringing a ray of hope to others and that same light will illuminate your own life.
I’m not claiming to have it all figured out but I’m looking at all that and I’m thinking we all need a bit of a make-over as church-folk. Some straightening out and some touch-ups on the inside out and maybe who we portray ourselves as on Sunday morning won’t be something we put on, but something we’re growing into truly being… Everyday. Now can I get a witness somebody!