II Chronicles 7:14 (KJV)
14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
I recently watched a video of someone walking on different college campuses throughout our nation and they were taking a survey about God.
They asked questions like, “Do you believe in God? Tell me what you think about God? Do you really think God is real?” Ninety-five percent of the answers would shock you. It made me realize how much in trouble we really are.
It is estimated there are 7.5 billion people living in the world today. Of that number, about 31-percent say they are Christians.
If you don’t think our world is changing, here are a few staggering statistics:
• More than half of all young people, ages 18-24, do not believe the Bible is God’s inspired word.
• More than half of all faith sharers (45-percent) never share their story of how they came to Christ.
• Only half of all teenagers who grew up in a Christian home had regular family conversations about God.
While one in four Americans are done with church, half of all Americans (48-percent), say they are done with God. Known as post-Christian, they say God plays no role whatsoever in their life.
A Christian is killed for their faith every six minutes, somewhere in the world.
The Bible says God is the same yesterday, today and forever. Hebrews 13:8.
This tells me, if you once felt God working in your life and today you do not, was it God who left you or was it you who left God? If God’s word is true and holy, which we know it is, it tells us God does not change, so that must mean we changed.
What is wrong with us?
It makes me wonder, of those claiming to be Christians, what are we doing? How is our relationship with God? How is this not important any longer?
I wonder what would happen if God did a “mid-life” evaluation on us. What would He discover?
If He wasn’t God and all knowing, would He even know your name?
Would He know what’s going on in your life? When was the last time you spoke to Him or shared a concern or just said, “God, I love you so much; thank you for everything you are doing in my life. Even for the things I cannot see, Lord, thank you for being there for me.”
Are we, as Christians living a life pleasing to God? If someone was looking to see what living for Christ was all about, if they looked at you, would they find it? If you were arrested for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?
Perhaps it is time for us to get back to the basics and, each morning, sit down with our Bible and spend a few minutes reading. Then, after spending some time in God’s word, spend a few minutes just talking to God. Ask Him to reveal things to you through His word. He will do that.
Believe it or not, God longs to spend time with us.
Father, I cannot imagine what you see and hear each day coming from this world. I cannot imagine what you see coming each day from your children. Thank you for sending your son, Jesus, to die for us and paying for all of our sins on the cross. Thank you for your grace and your mercies, which your word tells us are new every morning. Father, help me to live my life pleasing unto you. When I fall and fail you, thank you for still loving me and saving me. Help me, Lord, to be everything you created me to be. Help me to be that Christian example for others and to be bold enough to stand for you when I need to stand. Make me better. I want to be better for you, God. In the name of Jesus, amen.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
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Brad Shotts is a member of the Rotary Club of Waxahachie and attends Oaks Fellowship Church in Red Oak, where he serves on the ministry team. He loves serving his community.