You like doughnuts? I do too.
Aside from its sweetness, it reminds me of many Christians. Too many Christians are like doughnuts – especially like the sugar-coated round ones with a hole in the centre. Maybe you are one of them. Maybe not.
Looking around, everyone seems to be doing activities, clamouring for God with our mouths on Sundays and Wednesdays (if they scoop out enough spare time to come to Bible study), but look away during the week. We get busy chasing our own ambitions without looking back to chew and live on the quiet yet affirmative words of God.
Everyone seems to be on the fast track, a rat race, a never-ending circus of religious activity, which at best makes us like the jam-doughnut, puffy on the outside, with a tinge of sweetness, but empty – really empty – inside.
The sincere ones start off and then trail off, turning the pursuit of God into a ego-making venture. Once men use God as a crutch to ascend the pedestal of success, they leap out of touch with Him, standing up from the feet of Christ, dusting off the dirt/sand from their knees, bent hitherto by fervent prayers, and putting their swords under their pillows.
Church has become the mistress that is seemingly getting so increasingly attractive day by day, so much that she is taking the attention from the wife. From God. From his people.
We can’t hear God’s voice anymore. Not even the still small voice. Even the conscience is beginning to be seared with hot iron. Our ambitions are wooing us with loud speakers, and the music is so appealing. We’re losing value on the inside, but getting fatter on the outside – and heading for a great downfall.
No wonder there is no remarkable difference between someone who is for Christ and someone who isn’t. The church and the ‘unchurched’ are living by the same thought patterns and belief system. The salt has lost its flavor. It’s being trampled underfoot by men.
And for gifts without repentance, grace keeps speaking, and then we keep fooling ourselves, thinking we are on God’s side.
Let’s not deceive ourselves with the saying “he who breaks the hedge, the serpent will bite”. The saying is true, but does not explain our predicament. We have gone past warning. We have not broken the hedge – we have pulled it down – and walked out of God’s umbrella of righteousness.
The serpent has begun to bite. But he’s not digging into us a fast-acting venom, he’s instead setting time bombs. Venoms that take time to saturate every aspect of our lives, slowly, but surely, as long as we remain outside the edge. Now we’re fending for ourselves in shark-infested waters.
That is why every other aspect of our life seem to be out of shape. But we think it’s a trial of faith. Wake up, dear friend, it’s a dangerous swirl into doom.
The cross has been shifted off focus.
Sunday is the most emotional day. The day for God. And that is if the preacher is armed with charisma, or the topic is catchy. And maybe there is ‘coffee’ and ‘doughnuts’ to share a the end.
God is no longer the centre of our lives. He is no longer the Lord of our daily living. We now manage to fit God into our busy schedule, if there’s enough time. The times of waiting on God, of dwelling in His presence are long gone, and its effects are fading from memory.
Genuine relationships, sincere love and passion are no longer the admired virtues. Now it is the ‘Mega-Projects’ at hand for the Lord, and the money we would get from the pockets of people that matter.
We’re engrossed with the work of the Lord that we got no time anymore for the Lord of the work. We’re busy working for Him who we have refused to walk with.
That’s why our lives are like doughnuts… puffy outside: empty inside.
What will God, looking down from heaven, say to us? Not as a group this time, for we really only hear what we want to hear in our congregational meetings, but now INDIVIDUALLY? To you?
He says: I will look with pity on the man who has a humble and a contrite heart, who trembles at my word. Isaiah 66:2 (The Living Bible).
Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. Isaiah 55:6-7 (KJV).
Please, let him fill your life with His goodness, for only Christ can fill the empty core of your soul.
Col 2:9, Eph 3:19.
Will you care to listen to what God has to say?
PS: sorry i’ve been away for so long. I’m back!