Our spirituality can be summed up in two things: we glorify God and we reach the lost. Everything we teach and preach falls under one of these categories. If ever there is a time when we lose one of these, we will cease to be who we are.
Do We Glorify God?
Is God glorified in us? Does God receive glory by the lives we live? At the end of each day, can we claim to have projected glory on the Almighty by the things we have said, by the places we have gone, by the company we have kept, by the things we have purchased, by the things with which we have amused ourselves, and by the way we have interacted with people?
There is very little meaning in our Sunday expressions of worship if they are not reinforced by a life which also glorifies God. To say or sing words of praise in public worship services and not back up those words with an appropriate lifestyle is no different than Tiger Woods telling his wife how much he loves her.
When we pray the Lord’s prayer (not merely recite it), it leads us to beseech God on behalf of the glorification of His name: hallowed be thy name. When we pray for God’s name to be hallowed, it is much like praying that God would send laborers into the harvest. At some point the prayer becomes one of consecration: “God, let your name be glorified in my life today—in the words I say, in the company I keep, in the activities in which I engage.”
Do we reach the lost?
I witnessed a man get delivered the other today. There was nothing special about that day. It was cold and rainy, and nothing in particular was going on that was out of the ordinary. But a man was delivered. Right in front of my eyes.
This is a common site in Pentecostal churches, or it should be. I am thankful for the apostolic heritage. We believe people can be delivered. That is what we are all about. It is who we are. It is what we do. It is why we live. We are apostolic.
If ever we are diverted from our duty to reach lost souls, we have also been diverted from glorifying God. There is no greater way to glorify God than to be diligently about His business. Having “good church” is a farce if no one’s life is transformed.
If it is not God’s will that any should perish, then we must ask in what way are we participating in or hindering God’s will. Do we make it easy or difficult for people to encounter God’s grace? Do we, like the Pharisees, “load men with burdens hard to bear” (Luke 11:46, NKJV), or do we, like the Good Samaritan, bend over backwards to rehabilitate a troubled soul back to health?
I suppose that what we do in each moment adds up to what we do in a day, and what we do each day adds up to what we do in a month and eventually in a year. This all adds up to what we do with our lives.
“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer” (Psalm 19:14).