DO WE CARE… REALLY?Weekly Posts
Ezekiel 2:9-3:3 “Then I looked, and I saw a hand stretched out to me. In it was a scroll, which he unrolled before me. On both sides of it were written words of lament and mourning and woe. And he said to me, “Son of man, eat what is before you, eat this scroll; then go and speak to the house of Israel.” …. So I ate it, and it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth.
Last night I watched a podcast by Steven Furtick from Elevation Church. He spoke about how he always had to challenge himself with questions like: “Why am I doing this…really?”, “Who am I getting dressed for…really?”. The ‘really’ was the most important part of the question as it searched his heart for the truth. We can easily persuade ourselves to think we are doing a good job, but when we really think about it we quickly discover the truth!
Linking this into the verse at the top, why would Ezekiel’s scroll of lament, mourning and woe taste sweet like honey? Why would something that was bad taste good to him? A similar verse is shown in:
Ecclesiastes 7:2 “It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of every man; the living should take this to heart”
Why would it be better to go the house or mourning than the house of feasting? Surely God wants us to be happy and live our lives with joy? That’s because feasting is often very fake and foolish. We can be feasting whilst others around us are going through hell, and so the question we must ask ourselves is “Do we care…really?“
In our Church Life-group we have been studying the value of prayer in our lives. It struck me last week that often the reason why we find it so hard to pray sometimes is because we don’t have much to pray about. We don’t have much to pray about because we don’t involve ourselves with people’s lives. Are all of our conversations only filled with small talk? Or do we really engage with people through their troubles? If we knew the lament and mourning of those around us, we would not struggle to pray and our prayers would be like honey to us, knowing we are ministering God’s love to them.
1 Corinthians 13:3 “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing”
I could write a great blog…but without love… I am nothing.
I could deliver a powerful sermon…but without love…I am nothing.
I could lead a great youth ministry…but without love…I am nothing.
Do you care…really?