On the rare occasion that I have a morning cup of Joe, I tend to use about six creams and seven sugars to disguise the taste. The truth is, I’m really no coffee drinker and I often joke that I take my coffee with my cream and sugar. The great thing about this is that I get to flavor the coffee to my liking. The bad thing is I get a distorted view of what coffee actually tastes like at it’s full strength when it’s just black. It makes me feel good but it’s not authentic.
Similar to coffee, I found that this was my approach to God. I was making God this friend who I was comfortable with and diluting Him. Living with full knowledge of the sin I was entwined in, but continuing because I knew that God was merciful and gracious and would forgive me. He was a part of my conversation as if we had an up close and personal relationship but I really wasn’t acknowledging His true character. Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God. Exodus 34:14 NIV
I haven’t been alone in diluting God to make others comfortable. With T-shirts that read, “Jesus is my homeboy,” the world is constantly trying to illustrate that we can fit God into our small box while continuing to do what we want to do; however, the scripture is very clear: No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. (Matthew 6:24 KJV) We cannot continue to be disobedient to God and pretend that there aren’t consequences. Yes, God is a healer, a provider, a forgiver, a lover of our souls, but He has told us in His word the consequences of putting others before Him. Romans 6:23 reveals that the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (KJV) Do you really know Him or are you serving a watered down version of God? You know the one that is ALL love and no wrath. That’s not authentic and that belief will not stand.
And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power. (II Thessalonians 1:7-9 KJV)
This message isn’t about doom and gloom as much as it is about being truthful about God. He tells us that God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. (John 4:24 KJV) We can try to wrap God up and put a bow on Him and water down His word so that others will feel comfortable, but at the end of the day, unlike coffee, diluting Him will not change Him or His word. I don’t know about you but I like my God, “black”, authentic and undiluted.
Forgive me of my sins. Help me to be obedient to Your word and serve You authentically. Lord, I pray that this world will know Your truth. Remind us that unlike coffee, we cannot flavor You to our liking.They will recognize that You are willing to forgive ALL of their sin, but You also are a God of wrath and want us to obey Your commandments. Let us be truthful in our teaching and willing to provide correction so that others aren’t mislead. Let us lead lives that are an example of Your love and bring others to Christ. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to know who you are serving. Study God’s character through His word. Do not be lead astray by the world who desires to sell you a watered down version of Him. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2 KJV
Ms. Chancee` Lundy currently resides in Atlanta, GA and is a small business co-owner of Nspiregreen, LLC an environmental consulting firm. She is also a dedicated daughter, sister, friend, community servant, and child of God. She is passionate about causes that truly uplift the community. One of her favorite scriptures is Hebrews 11:6: “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”