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December 27, 2013

I’m still going to church

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NORMAN —

Understand something, my dad was not a perfect man, he had his flaws just like everyone else. Yet, his statement demonstrated a commitment in Jesus Christ that I see lacking in myself. Here, in great pain and distress, physically tormented by a deadly disease, yet, faith in Jesus, faith in the church Jesus suffered and died for, a desire to hear the word one final time, to be surrounded by family, and more importantly, to be ever faithful to death, has more times than not shamed me and my petty excuses.

Let’s look at Joseph as a Biblical example of faithful commitment, no matter the odds or circumstances.

Genesis 39:2 — “And the Lord was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.” Genesis 39:21, “But the Lord was with Joseph, and showed him mercy, and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.”

Joseph was rejected by his brothers, but the Lord was with him every step of the way. Even though he was thrown in prison and falsely accused, the Bible says the Lord was with him. Joseph offered not one excuse, nor bitterly complained. This was what my dad understood and enjoyed, even to the point of death, the very presence of the Lord.

Are you making excuses, complaining, bitterly bemoaning your circumstances? Instead, enjoy the very presence of the Lord, faithfully allowing Him to reign in your heart as King. Then and only then can you say, “I’m still going to church.”

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