Way back in school they taught when writing there are five important questions to answer. You all know the ones I am talking about: who, what, when, where and how. I have been thinking lately about those questions regarding our relationship to God. Before I start listing them I want to let you know all quotes are from the King James Bible. It is what I was raised on.
Who are we? We are His creation. We are people who He loved so much He sent His Son to die for us “while we were yet sinners.” John 3:16 and Romans 5:8 tell us that. Second Peter 3:9 tells us that it is not His will that “any should perish.” Instead it is His desire for us to “come to repentance.”
That leads us to the what questions. What is repentance and what are we repenting of? Repentance is asking God to forgive us of our sins and going on to being new creatures in Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” It is not easy and it is something one must do daily.
In answer to the second part of our what questions, we are repenting of sin. Which of course gives us another what. Sin is anything that displeases God. It is the things we do that He tells us not to do. It is also the things we don’t do that He tells us to. God gives us unique talents and abilities that He wants us to use for His glory. When we choose to ignore that calling, that is sin. It is also a sin when we believe the lies of this world over the truth in His holy word.
That leads us to the when question. There are a lot of folks that say the Old Testament does not apply today. They try to make us believe that Jesus did not talk about certain issues we are facing today. So folks wonder when God changes rules to fit in with the culture of the day. The answer to that question is never. Society changes but God’s standards never do. Hebrews 13:8 tells us that He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Revelations tells us that in the end times man will call what God calls bad good and vice versa. Friends I believe those times are here.
Folks we have arrived at the where question. Where are we to worship? The answer is everywhere. I saw a sign the other day that said something like, If you are riding a fence. It belongs to Satan.” It is so true. Remember God spits out the lukewarm(Rev 3:16). You are either for Him or against Him. The road to heaven is narrow according to Matt 7:13-14. You can not be His on Sunday and the worlds on Monday through Saturday.
That brings us to how you show who’s we are. Our tune can not change depending on our surroundings. Our song should always be one of gratitude for a loving God, who gives His salvation to an undeserving people. It does not mean we won’t have bad moments but in those times we will know who carries you. We will show fruits of the spirit listed in Galatians 5:22-23. They are “love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, (and) temperance” Yes we will all make mistakes but if we promptly bring those sins before God He will forgive us. We must give ourselves to Him daily. We need to be praying without ceasing and getting so much of His word in our hearts and heads that we can see the lies that are being thrown at us we will not fall. We must remember at all times to love the sinner and hate the sin. That is how we show who we belong to. Here is a link of a good Bible tool. https://www.biblegateway.com/ Blessings to all reading this. As my pastor always says, “These words were as much for me as you.”