Sunday, March 24, 2019: How You Walk out of Church Matters

Let us press on to know the LORD…What shall I do with you, O Judah? Your love is like a morning cloud, like the dew that goes early away. (Hosea 6:3–4)

Living in a world of constant distraction, we often lack resolve to press on toward knowing Jesus more.

Twentieth-century preacher Martyn Lloyd-Jones referred to this lack of resolve as “spiritual inertia,” calling it one of the “greatest dangers afflicting all congregations.”

Read how he describes it: “We may feel something [when the Word is preached] during the service, and we may say, ‘I am going to deal with that.’ But then, going out of the service, we start talking to people, and we talk about other things. What we felt in the meeting is gone and it never comes back. In this way we spend our lives, aware of superficial temporary disturbances, which never lead to anything at all.”

If we’re honest, we’re more familiar with these “superficial temporary disturbances” than we care to admit.

Why? Because we are happy to distract ourselves out of having to deal plainly with God. We would rather walk out of church and not have our lives disrupted by the Word. The prophet Hosea uses the analogy of morning dew to describe this. Just as the dew is gone by midday, so our resolve to address these “disturbances” has all but faded by the time we get home from church; they never amount to anything.

But the way we walk out of church reveals our level of seriousness concerning the things of God.

God commands His people to gather because He wants to deal with us in a decisive way. Thus His Word is “living and active” as we worship together (Heb. 4:14). By faith, we are to take seriously what He speaks and respond in obedience.

To put it plainly, your resolve to press on toward faithful obedience when God has spoken is the best way to gauge your desire to know Him. We could do no better than to reckon with the example of the Apostle Paul on this very point: “But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way…” (Phil. 3:13–15)

Are you pressing on in faithful obedience in order that you might know Him more?

PRAYER AND REFLECTION:

  • Can you relate to Lloyd-Jones’s description? Is there any area of your life about which God has been “disturbing” you? Have you distracted yourself from dealing with it? Stop and pray about this right now. Be completely honest with God. Repent for avoiding Him and ask Him to work in your life over the coming days and weeks.
  • How will you walk out of church this Sunday? It’s easy to leave church without examining ourselves in light of the Word that was spoken. Will you do the hard thing, though, and meditate more deeply upon the Word? Determine when and how you might do this. Pray that God would give you resolve to follow through.
  • Are you praying for LifePoint? Don’t neglect this vital work. Ask the Holy Spirit to speak to people’s hearts and to apply the Word to our lives as we gather to hear from Him.

Set List for Sunday, March 24, 2019:

You can also listen to a playlist of LifePoint’s current song rotation on Apple Music or Spotify.

About Tyler Greene (31 Articles)
Tyler Greene is the Associate Pastor of Worship Ministries for LifePoint Church in Ozark, MO.

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