CONVENIENCE OR CONVICTION
Friday, 8 May 2015
“… Neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the LORD my God of that which doth cost me nothing…” 2 Samuel 24:24 (KJV)
As we climax the age you would also begin to observe that the love for self would gradually increase to the extent that people would slow down in their commitment to the things of God. Today I want to ask you a few questions. Please be very honest with yourself. What is your driving force for service to God? Is it convenience or conviction? Can God truly depend on you to serve Him whether it is convenient or not?
Some people serve God only when it is convenient. In other words, they say to themselves; now that I have a spouse, child, or dream job, I can now serve God. On the other hand, once it is no longer convenient, I stop serving God. When everything is working well and on target, I will serve God. I will serve God when the going is good. I will serve God as long as the testimonies keep rolling in. I call such people fair weather- Christians.
There is another group of fair weather Christians who serve God just to solve a challenge in their lives. When praying for a life-partner, a job, a child or a business breakthrough, they are ready to do anything, even keep vigils every single night in a week. But the moment they get the answer, off they go. Is it not an irony that the blessing they were praying for becomes the reason why they are no longer available to God? You hear things like: it is because of the demands of the job or the child cries ever so often so I cannot leave him/her in the house alone, so I stay back. Or worse still you hear those in business tell you how the business meetings they scheduled clashed with the assignment that they have in church and guess which one gives way; the church.
Beloved, if you are in this category, I come today to encourage you to make a U-turn for the better. God does not want fair-weather Christians. You are either for Him or against Him. You cannot sit on the fence. You either serve God totally and unreservedly or you forget it. Learn from David. He got an offer to sacrifice to God but he looked at the offer and said, “I will not offer to God that which will cost me nothing”. Beloved, your service to God must go beyond convenience; or else it is not acceptable.
Further reading: 2 Samuel 24:18-25, 2 Timothy 3:1-4, Romans 12:11, John 6:23-27 Daily Bible reading: Morning-2 Kings 4-6, Evening-Luke 24:36-53