Humans are creatures of habit. We like things to go a certain way. We like things to be a certain way. We like to do things a certain way. As a result, our lives become automated and predictable. This has become so much a part of who we are that we, as believers, have brought this same mindset into our lifestyles of worship. We have an idea of what we would like to see take place and we make every attempt to foster the environment wherein “our kingdom come…our will be done” because it better suits our purpose.
As time progresses, we, subconsciously, begin to treat our relationship with God recklessly. We take the sacred things of God for granted and begin to handle them irresponsibly as we would handle everyday life. Outwardly, it appears that we are engaging in Kingdom work, but when was the last time we consulted with God for His thoughts concerning our plans? When was the last time we held a prayer meeting instead of a board meeting?
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
Yet, we continue to exclude God from the decision-making process as it relates to church affairs and within our personal lives as well. Outwardly, it can be perceived by others that we are engaging in Kingdom work officially, but God sees the heart of the matter (2 Sam. 16:7). If we were to view our present actions from God’s perspective, what would we see? God’s Word provides us with the answer:
“Wherefore the Lord said, ‘Forasmuch as this people draw near Me with their mouth,and with their lips do honor Me, but have removed their heart far from Me, and their fear toward Me is taught by the precept of men…” (Is. 29:13).
Looks can be deceiving, but not to the One Who has an all-seeing eye. The Word of God teaches us that,
“…all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him with Whom we have to do…” (Heb. 4:13).
Let us return to the ancient paths of handling the sacred things of God with the utmost respect. Let us no longer disregard nor discard God’s thoughts as it relates to the work of His Kingdom. Let us acknowledge that His plan is far greater and will bring about His desired result much better than will our own…#thinkonthesethings