What are you building? Is it what you want or what God wants? If you have no idea what I am talking about, click here to hear Pastor Quincy McGhee’s sermon from Sunday on James 4:7-12. You do not want to miss it!
But back to the question: What are you building? Pastor Quincy said we are all called to build something. His emphasis in the sermon was how on are we building it. What we are building is individual to all of us, but how we build is important. I have been looking at my notes and looking at James, and I want to remind you of things that Pastor Quincy said with some questions to ask yourself.
- “Longevity does not always lead to maturity.” Where are you counting on your time served rather than maturing? The author of Hebrews says something about this:
We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand. In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature,who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.Hebrews 5:11-14
- “When we are out of alignment with God, it can cost us something.” Where are you out of alignment with God? What is it costing you? What could it cost you? What steps can you take today to start realigning yourself, submitting yourself, to God (James 4:7a)?
- “Satan is not invincible.” James 4:7 also says, “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Where are you being too friendly with Satan? Do you believe that he is not all-powerful? Where are you acting like he is invincible?
- “Increase your intimacy.” “Come near to God and He will come near to you.”(James 4:8) Hide God’s word in your heart. Use it to resist Satan. Use it to get to know your Father.
Take some time before Sunday to examine yourself. To spend some time increasing your intimacy with God. To aligning yourself to God’s plan for whatever it is He has asked you to build.