We heard an excellent sermon today about How to Deepen Your Conversion. It made me think about myself and about the Laodicean mindset that is so prevalent in today’s church.
Why is that lukewarm attitude so predominate? Why is it so hard to see it in ourselves? Why do we have it at all? And most importantly why does God hate it so much that He is will to put us into the Great Tribulation if we don’t correct it.
Today we have had the truths of God’s word and the True Gospel of Christ available to us for many years now. Most of us are well trained in the basics of our faith. We are as the bible states rich and increased with goods to a point where we do not see that we need anything else. Is that true are we that well endowed with God’s truths that we don’t need anything else?
We look around ourselves at others in the church and they seem much like us, we keep the laws of God, the holy days, the Sabbath. We attend church each Sabbath, we tithe and give offerings to support the work our church groups. So do all those around us. God seems to be blessing us for the most part. So what is wrong, what is missing, why don’t we have that zeal that God wants us to have. Why do we feel so satisfied with our knowledge and behavior?
The problem it seems is that we have not been looking at ourselves. Oh we have been comparing our selves to others yes, but you see that is deceiving on the surface.
(2Co 10:12) For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
It is Christ that we need to be looking at and comparing ourselves with. He is our example. Do we think like Him? Do we react to circumstances as He would have reacted? Do we have that powerful faith “OF” Christ operating inside us or are we operation only on our own faith?
The key difference is in the depth of our conversion. When we can see for ourselves how MUCH God really loves us and can then because of His Holy Spirit within us we can Love our fellow man in the same way, when we can TRULY understand the greatness of God’s Plan for mankind, then we can begin to put in play the fullness of the Faith that we have been given in truly LIVING God’s way of Life!
THEN we will begin to see the excitement about being called and being a child of God rise up in our hearts and attitudes and the way we conduct ourselves. THEN the ZEAL that God says is lacking in so many of us will take over our actions. Then true repentance and gratitude for the immensity of the calling that God has given to us will EMPOWER US much like when we were first called. It will be like the “Love of the Truth” that practically swept us off our feet in the beginning of this journey. But now tempered and strengthened like tempered steel.
The ZEAL that empowers us now is backed by all the knowledge and experience that we have gained over the years, the fruits of God’s Spirit that have been multiplied and strengthened by our tests and trials of the years that we have known God. Now once we reach inside ourselves and truly deepen our conversion with the knowledge we have gained, we will be an unstoppable force of God in this world. Truly no weapon formed against us can prosper.
We can now Stand UP, as Ephesians 6 tells us, against anything satan can throw against us.
Eph 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Zeal will never be a problem again and whether we are saved out of the Tribulation or have to go through it does not mean anything to us. We are children of the living God and ready for whatever this life has to throw against us.
BUT that will not happen until we have deepened that Conversion, until we have begun to compare ourselves with the example that Christ gave us not what our fellow brethren are doing. To break out of the Laodicean attitude we have only to look to Christ and begin to compare ourselves against His example. That’s what the Knock of Christ is all about brethren. We have to turn back to Christ and open the door to him by emulating Him in every way. Then He can come in and sup with us and strengthen us for what is to come. And no matter where we find our selves in the coming days we are going to need that Faith and Zeal that Christ is ready and willing to provide. Once we reach out to Him for that deeper level of conversion and commitment.
Here is a link to that sermon that inspired this post:
Presented by Rick Railston of the Pacific Church of God