Don’t Tell Me You Care If You’re Skipping Worship

Hey and happy Wednesday! I hope everyone is well.

Today’s post is a little different.

I’ve already written a post on the importance of going to worship, you can read it here.

In summary: We gather together on the first day of the week, following the example found for us in the New Testament (Acts 20:7). We gather together to praise God, remember Christ’s death and resurrection by taking communion together (1 Corinthians 15:1-4), to hear the Word and continue to grow (Romans 10:17), and to edify one another (Colossians 3:16).

Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”-Hebrews 10:25

I fear that this post will come off as mean, but that’s not the heart behind my words.

2 Timothy 4:2 says to “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.” 

There are three approaches listed there, one of them is rebuke and in this instance, that one is needed and the only effective approach.

Skipping Worship

I am discouraged and disappointed at times in the way people who know better act. 

If you know the importance and vitality of assembly and you are forsaking it (this is excluding health matters in this time), you are showing the world and the members of the church that you don’t care.

You don’t care about what God’s word says.

You don’t care about the church.

You don’t care about your own soul and the souls of your family.

You don’t care. 

Stop lying to yourself and others.

When you reject the words of the Bible as needed and live the way you selfishly want, you say “so what?” to Jesus’s sacrifice. 

Stop choosing sports over praising God.

Stop choosing food over fellowship.

Stop choosing comfort over the word of God.

I’ve had people around my age talk to me and tell me that they’re having a hard time going to worship because their family isn’t going, and they don’t drive.

The answer is simple: be faithful and ask someone for a ride. Try.

Stop letting your parents lead you to hell when you should be striving to lead them to faithfulness and life. 

So, don’t tell me you care if you’re skipping worship.  

Grace, that’s so harsh, you think.

It’s not. People make time for the things they prioritize. 

If you are not making God first and foremost in your life, there is an issue.

The issue is you being lukewarm, the issue is you being unfaithful.

“So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.”-Revelation 3:16

And that is so disgusting that God will spew you out.

“For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.

For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.

 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.”-2 Peter 2:20-22

You are going back to the pollutions of the world instead of back to worship.

Why? 

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I Forgot to Decrease

I’ll say it, this has been and continues to be a hard year.

I’ve grown apart from people I thought I would be super close to forever.

I’ve felt lonely and discouraged.

I’ve felt my heart get bruised.

There have been many nights where my doubts set in–doubts about myself, about others, about God and His love for me–nights where I want to say “I can’t do this” and just stop living.

I realized my problem the other day: it’s all about me. 

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My sadness. 

My loneliness.

My struggles.

My insecurities. 

I make it all about me, and forget about Him.

His sacrifice.

His suffering for us.

His love. 

His people. 

His purpose for me. 

His plan. 

Of course, I feel worthless when I have forgotten the One of whom my worth is found.

Of course, I feel hopeless when I have forgotten the One whose love and righteousness is what my hope is built on.

When you don’t cling to what is good, you start to slip back to what is bad, even if it’s just a mindset at first.

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I don’t have anything to really write today, I haven’t in a while, which is why I have been a bit absent, I’m sorry. There’s so much in my head but it is all just a tangled mess–a scribbled note across a piece of paper that isn’t coherent in the morning to the one that wrote it.

I wish I was some inspirational person with something helpful to put out there, but one of my insecurities with writing this blog is that I’m not.

Sometimes, I get caught up in the idea that I’m supposed to be perfect to tell others about the God who is, but that’s not true.

People have called me inspirational, but that’s not me, that’s just God and His word.

I’m not one to give advice, I’m not one to look to, so why do I put my thoughts out there like they will help someone when I still click off and do the exact same thing I wrote about not doing?

Why do I give encouragement when I am just as discouraged? What gives me the right to think I, another flawed human as any of the rest, can make a difference?

I don’t know… 

I used to want to be a writer, I used to dream that my words would mean something to someone. Now, I only pray they mean something to God, and maybe just maybe, I can be a light to someone who takes the time to read blogs anymore.

All I know is I want to bring glory to God in all aspects, even through the tips of my fingers.

So if you’re reading this, thank you.

We’re in this battle together.

We’ve got this.

Don’t lose focus of Him.

Two Truths about Your Worth

When I was asked to write about confidence and self-image, I couldn’t help but feel like the worst person to do that.

I am not confident by any means, I can be and am deeply insecure about everything about myself.

It’s been a struggle and something that I am also still working on, so I get it.

It doesn’t matter how many times you are told you’re pretty, you’re still not going to believe it at the end of the day. 

It doesn’t matter how much you diet and workout, you’re still going to look in the mirror and think fat

It doesn’t matter how many friends you make or how many guys ask you out, you’re still going to feel unlikable. 

I’ll tell you a secret now:

All the makeup, plastic surgery, money, and anything else that this world tells you that will make you happy and secure, won’t. 

Why is that?
Because we are searching for our worth in all the wrong places. 

…And the Lord said unto him… (5)

Here are two truths I think we all need to tell ourselves every day:

 

1. God defines my worth

“For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.  I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.”-Psalm 139:13-15

God defines your worth, not a significant other, not a number of likes, friends, or how many compliments you do or don’t get. God created you fearfully and wonderfully, His works are marvelous, and so are you. 

2. I am created for God’s glory

Our purpose is to ultimately bring glory to God.

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”-Ephesians 2:10

We don’t exist to be good looking, popular, athletic, or top of our class, not that there’s anything wrong with any of these things, but they’re not the point.

They aren’t eternal. 

Your value doesn’t decrease because the world and people of it cannot see your worth in Christ.

“Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.”-Luke 12:6-7

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You are worth so much more than this world will ever tell you, so don’t listen to it, listen to the truth found in God’s word.

“Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.”-Proverbs 31:30

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