LIVING WATER CAC DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE
Monday, April 1, 2019
READ: Colossians 3:12-17
Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him
MEMORISE: Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. (COLOSSIANS 3:16).
The church is seriously bedevilled by perilous times! (2 Tim. 3:1ff). Going for church services nowadays by various people has many undertones. While many attend church service to be “taken out” of their unpleasant moods, some attend in order to “dance away” their ‘sorrows’. Whereas some go to church to be fully “entertained” with ribcracking.
Only negligible few really attend church service to be ministered to! Are our churches and the activities really entertaining or ministering?
In Jewish worship, drums and noisy instruments were not permitted in the synagogue. The place was strictly meant for worshipping Yahweh and reading the scriptures.
Dancing and fun faring were only permissible outside the temple. Hence, King David rolled out three drums, celebrating the return of the Ark of Covenant with the people, but not in the temple already. Why they did this was perhaps because of the sanctity and awe they felt for Jehovah.
In our dispensation of grace, we are allowed to praise God with all musical instruments and with dance (Psa. 150:1ff). However, the pertinent question is: “Are these meant just for entertainment or ministration?” Is there any difference between our church drama and Hollywood, Bollywood and Nollywood movie? Are our choirs and pulpit preaching really ministering or entertaining? Enough of the different state-of-the-art instruments in our churches that fail to minister life into people’s lives! So pathetic is how people laugh off the message from pulpits done with passivity, frivolity, other unscriptural charisma, and/or ‘holy’ rascality!
Entertainment or Ministration
If sinners cannot turn saints at hearing our messages, listening to our musical and watching dramas, we had better have a rethink. If they can only succeed in providing the ephemeral entertainment without ministering life to listeners they can be dropped! Be an agent of positive change in your assembly, today and always.
1. Lord, forgive us where we have turned the hearts of the people to ourselves rather than to You, IN our churches and services.
2. Lord, stop this madness in our churches where comedians make jest of our Lord Jesus Christ for a pay.
3. Father, restore apathetic Gospel ministers from their spiritual slumber and coldness, to save churches from laughing to hell.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: DEUTERONOMY 32:2-33:13; LUKE 5:18-5:39
Source: Living Water Devotional