Hi so tired today (: Have to wear formal x.x On the train home while I was playing out imaginative scenarios in my mind, I suddenly thought of this hahahaha.
People should be the attracting factor, not the retaining factor.
Churches: The attracting factor is always mainly people, but the retaining factor must always be God!
People can’t see God, they see us because without knowing it, they are actually seeing our God we so proclaim to be true through our lives. So are you glorifying God today? Because the world’s perception of God is through Christians, if our lives are not glorifying God and that God is not real in our lives, who are we to say that God is real in our lives? That’s hypocrisy!
And this comes to the point that because of not having a relationship with God, lost sheep have to see people to see Christ, but when they know Christ they really have to KNOW Christ! That is the retaining factor, God! They have to stop seeing the canvas you paint through Christ and pick that brush up and paint it on their canvas with Christ.
Humans can never be the retaining factor, because we are imperfect. And because of that we sometimes do things that are not glorifying to God and to others. We tend to hurt people accidentally, we flare up, we don’t strive for excellence in the things we do, we get jealous and insecure. That’s all not glorifying God. If the retaining factor is people, that sheep will not only not grow much (It is only in Christ that we experience growth), he/she will not be living his/her life for God’s purposes (because he/she loves the praises of men more than God’s, he/she saw people, not God! God is not that real in his/her life!), he/she will not only leave in the end, he/she will leave with a hurt in her/his heart that God is not a good God. And that’s not true and we know it.
And although as much as I hate to admit it sometimes, God is definitely the creator of our lives. Jesus is definitely God’s son. The holy spirit definitely exists in our lives. God definitely loves people, God definitely loves me. Jesus definitely died for our sins, Jesus definitely loves me more than I love Him. The holy spirit definitely can move in our lives, the holy spirit definitely wants to move in us more than we want it to move in us. And that people will definitely be the retaining factor in our lives if our eyes are not focused on God.
Sure, I know all these even before this sentence was revealed to me.But it gave me a fresh new perspective and judging by how it was phrased. It definetly wasn’t from me, in fact I was so amazed with it hahahaha. Ok tomorrow’s Saturday :) God I need your anoiting! I still have 2 math papers, the invite card (oops, but it’s half done haha), WFL tomorrow and haha sleep ):
Alright, LALALALA GET TO WORK!