I am not sure how many of us have noticed, but it seems apparent thta there is a lot of worldliness in the church. In the world people think that everything is about, “me”. Then you go to church for awhile and you begin to see and hear the same kind of things. The truth is, according to God, everything isn’t about me, it’s all about God.
The soon that we realize that life isn’t about, “me, myself, and I” the sooner we will see God begin to bless churches. Does anyone think I am making this stuff up? The Bible says, “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor;” (Rom. 12:10 NASB). We spend most of our time devoted to loving ourselves; giving preference to ourselves in honor. We have placed ourselves in the wrong place, a place of honor. A servant of Christ serves Christ first and foremost, not himself!
One of the saddest realities about this selfishness is that most of us don’t even know there is a problem! It is very similar to what God said to the Laodiceans, “Because you say, ‘I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,’ and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked,”. Here is something extremely important to notice, God’s appraisal of their condition was on the opposite end of the spectrum from where they thought. How many of us are thinking, “well, we’re not doing too badly.”? In reality, we are on the opposite end of the spectrum.
How many of you have ever experienced or at the very least heard of someone secretly moving property lines? The person does this dishonest thing to gain something that is not reality. That person has attempted to alter reality. The truth is not what appears. I believe that the same is true in the church, we have reconstructed what it means to be a Christian. We have watered it down, we have altered what it means to be a Christian so much, that it only faintly resembles (and I emphasize faintly) what the Bible describes as authentic Christianity. Do you know what the number one answer to this deadly problem is? Remorse and repentance – sorrow for our sin and a forsaking of it! We need to recognize how far we have strayed from the authentic path of biblical Christianity.