Since giving birth to Miles, he and I have spent our Sunday mornings at home, watching church on the television. I must tell you that I have never been more thankful for churches that broadcast their services for we “home bound” worshipers. I’ve been watching a church out of Texarkana and have truly been blessed by the pastor’s messages.
He has been preaching on the miracles of Jesus from the book of John, and this morning we read about him raising Lazarus from the dead. I just love the way that our Savior works. His ways are beyond our comprehension…He purposefully waited until the fourth day to raise Lazarus from the dead because the Jews believed that your spirit hovered over your dead body for up to three days, trying to enter back in, and after the third day it left. And so that there would be no doubt of the true miracle that Jesus brought forth, he waited until the fourth day. Amazing.
The part of this chapter that I find most amazing is when Martha did not want to remove the stone from Lazarus’ tomb, she told Jesus that it will surely stink – And Jesus said to her…
“Didn’t I tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?” John 11: 40
It was only if she believed that she would see God’s glory. And then in verse 45 the Word reads..
“Therefore many of the Jews who came to Mary and saw what He did believed in Him.”
Many believed, but many did not.
It is the same today. Some of us go to church on Sunday morning with the belief that we will see the Glory of the Father revealed to us through songs of praise to Him, through the Word that He has put in the pastor’s heart, and through fellowship with our family of believers. And others simply go to church because it’s expected of them – they are outsiders to the worship experience – they leave criticizing the songs that were sung, the length and topic of the message, and anything else that didn’t meet their standards of the “proper” church experience.
I desire to always be one who believes and sees the glory of the Father. It’s easy to get caught up in the logistics of everything…to forget that we who are Christ followers live in the super-natural – not the natural. And that God loves us and is working to meet our true needs in ways that only He can.
I just wanted to share what God revealed to me this Sunday morning in front of the television….I’m so thankful to be able to hear the good Word in any way I can get it – but I’m ready to be back in the fellowship at my church very soon!
I love you all and happy Sunday:), Beck