This Sunday when you’re on your way to another three to four hour service, try to forget about your nicely pressed three piece suit or your cute little dress and hat, step out of that pretty car that you spent the entire Saturday afternoon washing and waxing and spend some time with the real church.
What’s the real church?
Not what beloveth….who.
They are those people you watch from your car window as you pass by watching them like they’re the pitiful caged animals you visit at the zoo. They’re the ones you condemn and talk badly about, saying:
“They should be in church like me.”
“They ought to be be ashamed for not honoring the Lord’s day.”
Little do you know that the old man walking down the street with the brown paper bag in his hand just talked to the same God you claim to serve and love so much.
“Thank you God for helping me deal with my demons one day at a time. Thank you for giving me a ticket to heaven even though I don’t deserve it. Thank you for this and every day that you have made,” the old man prayed to God.
He saw you shaking your head at him. He looked questioningly towards heaven.
“Is that your plan for me? To be like them?”
“Who,” God asked.
“Those people turning their noses up at me.”
“Oh them! The plan I had for them is the same plan I have for you. I have never been a part of their plan. They refuse to hear my Me. They don’t welcome Me in their lives either. They’d rather worship what I gave them. So I left.”
“What you gave them? You mean Jesus and His sacrifice on the cross for our sins?”
“No. I mean that piece of aluminum they ride in and that brick building where they live. Not me nor my Son.”
“Well, not me Lord,” the man vowed, one fist in the air. “I will serve you and only you!”
The old man stopped in his tracks and poured out the contents of the bottle. He continued to walk and to praise God.
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.