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Busy, Busy, Busy

Busy, Busy, Busy

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Published by Lahry Sibley
Are you too Busy?
Are you too Busy?

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Published by: Lahry Sibley on Mar 02, 2011
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Busy, busy, busy«..
By Lahry SibleyRev 2:1 TO THE angel (messenger) of the assembly (church) in Ephesus write: These are thewords of Him Who holds the seven stars [which are the messengers of the seven churches] in Hisright hand, Who goes about among the seven golden lampstands [which are the seven churches]:Rev 2:2 I know your industry and activities, laborious toil and trouble, and your patientendurance, and how you cannot tolerate wicked [men] and have tested and critically appraisedthose who call [themselves] apostles (special messengers of Christ) and yet are not, and havefound them to be impostors and liars.Rev 2:3 I know you are enduring patiently and are bearing up for My name's sake, and you havenot fainted or become exhausted or grown weary.Rev 2:4 But I have this [one charge to make] against you: that you have left (abandoned) the lovethat you had at first [you have deserted Me, your first love].Rev 2:5 Remember then from what heights you have fallen. Repent (change the inner man tomeet God's will) and do the works you did previously [when first you knew the Lord], or else Iwill visit you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you change your mind andrepent.The church of Ephesus by the description above was a very impressive church, even compared tothis hour.Let's look at some of its attributes, things that some folks would no doubt take bragging rightstoo, maybe some in leadership here. This is not make believe, this is true strengths and valuesthat are important in church. Verse 2 says:Rev 2:2 I know your industry and activities, laborious toil and trouble, and your patientendurance, and how you cannot tolerate wicked [men] and have tested and critically appraisedthose who call [themselves] apostles (special messengers of Christ) and yet are not, and havefound them to be impostors and liars.This is not a lazy church, but industrious and active. They are busy folks. They are patient andenduring. They cannot tolerate wickedness. Sound familiar? They are discerning of spirits andhave no tolerance for imposters.Verse 3 would indicate that among other things they have endured some persecution for the sakeof the Master and His Body. Very noble indeed. Remember, this is not pretend; this is truth asappraised by God.With all these good works and activity, and all of this endurance, God still has a problem withthis assembly. They have forgotten the most important part. Worship.Now I'm certain that if these things said above in scripture were said about a church in this hour,surely this church would have a "praise team", great musicians, singing all the latest chorusesand songs. In fact, I know of a church in my home town just like this. I've attended church there.
It's an awesome place. If you want to be involved in meaningful ministry, it's the place to be intown. They are doing a lot of good things, outside the box. But I have difficulty finding a tender heart.It's not that they intend to do God any dis-service. Not at all. They want to serve the Lord. Theyput their activity where their mouth is and their finances as well. There are many young people inthis church who are expending their energy in service to the Lord. So what's missing? Worship,from a humble and contrite spirit.I guess I've always had a tender heart. I don't apologize for it. I did not design it or pick it out. It'sjust me, so there is nothing to boast of. But I've observed church folks for a long time. And I findthat those who seem to be worshipping God the most lose sight of what's going on around them.I find that even the thickest skin is pricked in the presence of the Lord. I have seen the toughestof men fall on their face before Him and weep. In fact, I've seen over 500 pastors on their facesbefore God repenting. It was the most powerful service I've ever attended. The result? Worship.See folks, if you get close to God, worship just happens. You cannot wait for Sunday or Wednesday. Its part of everything we do. The church of Ephesus was doing allot of great things.Their reputation in their community must have been outstanding. But what happened in theprocess was that they had left their first love, the love of God that results in worship.If we are too busy to worship God....we are too busy. Now I'm not attempting to judge you, Idon¶t' even know who will read this. So how could I judge you? But we all know that we havetime for what is important to us. We have this priority list of activities that must get done, andthen some things that we "want" to happen. We often invest large sums of money in thesepursuits, many of which are outside what would be called church activity. Not bad, just not bible.Examples would be a "bass boat" or a "wardrobe". How about a "race car", or "decorating"?These are not bad things. We make time for them, and we often invest large sums of money inthem. You don¶t' have lots of money? Ok. What about TV? Most people have a TV. So we sitand partake of others who invest large sums of money in their pursuits. Lifestyles of the rich andfamous. Life styles of the not so rich and famous. Everything from "COPS" to "Baseball". It's allthere. Americans, even Christians spend many hours a week before a TV set observing theactivities of others doing things. Busy.So you are really active in your church and don¶t' spend allot of time with things I mentionedabove or something like them? Most of those things mentioned above were not around in thechurch of Ephesus. So it sounds like your are doing well. You are very active in your church?They were really active in their church too. There are people in this hour who are missing fromtheir family almost every night of the week, doing church stuff. Very noble. God even approves,to a point. But where is the first love? Where are the worshippers?In the temple of God built by Solomon, there were hundreds of worshippers. Worship washappening all the time. Is there worship happening all the time in God's temple today? Beforeyou answer, be sure to remember that we are God's temple, not a building made by hands.

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