There’s a lot of hurting folks in the body of Christ that aren’t truly going to the throne of grace for healing. It’s hard to “come clean” in an environment that you don’t trust for fear of gossip or ridicule. So many play the “game” of salvation; never truly feeling the freedom of God’s mercy and grace. And it goes on and on. Only until you are honest with yourself and get real with Him…you will always play the game. Games don’t get you through the gates…it just gets you played. No one wants to miss out on Heaven.
This game not only affects the one playing, but also those sitting on the sidelines watching. When you grow up in church, but never have the born-again experience; you learn the church language; which makes it easy to blend in while you’re there. But when you step away from the congregation and you find yourself in a bed of sin, partying like its 2099 and so on, you realize it’s not real to you. You want it to be, but you don’t know where to go. The examples you’ve grown up watching seems to be all there is, but it’s not. It’s a journey you’ll have to take on your own. And there’s so much more to learn.
I’m writing this article to say it’s okay to want something real in the midst of fakery and confusion. Holy Spirit deals with folks long before they reach the altar. Sometimes they don’t even make it to the altar by the time they have a divine encounter with Jesus Christ. They may have their encounter in a bar, basement or at a baseball game. He’s not limited in His reach to the human heart.
We can’t clean up our act before He comes in. It’s nearly impossible to do this without Him. In the midst of the fakery and confusion, there can be rules that hinder. Folks may be told they can’t come in sagging, showing too much or with a shaved head and piercings. But God doesn’t appear, wave His hand and turn you into Cinder-Mellow or Cinder-Fellow and everything falls into place. That’s not how He operates. He takes you as you are. Everything about you changes from the inside first. Eventually the outside shows, and it still might not be what “others” think it should be, but that’s your journey in Christ.
Church is a good place to meet God, but make sure He’s there. There are some absolutely amazing churches who allow God to reign in all sovereignty and power. The word of God is preached with authority and anointing. And love is the main course. There are no perfect churches, because there are no perfect people. But the perfect God can find you in the most imperfect situation and change your life. Don’t limit what God can do in the midst of fakery and confusion. Keep seeking Him with your whole heart. He is God and He will meet you right where you are! ♥