Going DeeperOctober 5, 2006
I Corinthians 2:9-10 reads “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.” If there’s one word of encouragment that’s on my heart this morning it’s to “go deep” into your relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. We are born again in a moment; when we realize that we’re a sinner and we come to Jesus in repentance (true sorrowfulness) and ask for forgiveness. We then spend the rest of our days striving to be more like him. We have to die daily to the old man that “just refuses to go away.” We strive to get closer to the Lord and to please him.
I think that most of us get to a point, maybe get involved with a particular church, and we go into a holding pattern. Things become mechanical and we slowly conform to those around us. We all have this problem to one degree or another as most of us are crowd followers. Here’s a personal example. I have been in churches before where before things get going, everyones standing around talking about everything under the sun except the Lord Jesus Christ whose name they are supposed to be gathered in. In such cases, I always want to get to the alter or find a place to pray, but wouldn’t do so. The concern was (this is going to sound silly) I didn’t want to appear to be “putting on a show.” So, I would either stand around as others or talk with them, however, the conversation would never leave planet earth.
I know that I’m rambling, but we really need to get past the here and now. We really need to get our affections on the world to come. Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaketh and our conversation ought to be on the things of God on a continuous basis; especially when we’re together. When you meet a person for the first time, it usually doesn’t take long to know what’s in their heart. If during the converstation, the topic of football comes up, and this person knows the names of every player on every team; where they attended college, their stats, their teams standing; in other words “Everything there is to know” about football, you know that this is something that’s in their heart. When you love something, you want to talk about it; it’s a form of praise as you identify yourself with the thing that you love.
Saints, we are way too entangled with the things of this life. We really must (not should) let go of the things in this world that have no value and seek an increacingly deeper relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. It’s a “standing prayer” if you will that each day I would be a little closer to the Lord than the one before. As you do this, prepare to be lonely in this life. As you get in really close to Jesus, even most christians will think you’re weird. Have you ever been told this statement? “You’re so heavenly minded that you’re of no earthly good” That statement isn’t even possible. If you really have in your heart a vision of the world to come, you’ll be all the more diligent to do whatever you can do to reach the lost. You’ll be unconcerned with your favorite team and praying fervently for your family members, your neighbors, and friends. You’ll be focused on the things that really matter instead of the superficial things of this life.
This is why when I gather with the saints, the last thing that I want to hear about is the new car, the nice job that the landscapers did, or the funny thing that happened at the company picnic. I’m not trying to sound harsh; I would rather that we put the Lord Jesus in the proper place in out lives. Well, I’ve rambled long enough. Please strive to get into a deeper relationship with the Lord. Don’t reach a certain plateau and just stop. And don’t limit yourself to just following the sheeple. Do as Jeremiah 33:3 says “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”