Just reading that title makes me think. How about you? Sounds harsh. Maybe it is. The context in which it was said was powerful and at the same time, it came in with a hush and simple hum for me. It made me think. It has taken a couple of days for the meaning to sink in, the enormity of what Pastor Terri was conveying to the “church” that morning.
How do you look at the world and say, “You’ve got nothing for me?” Let that sit and simmer for a moment. The world. The place we live in. Our identities are in the world. Ah, but is that where He wants them to be? Our pleasures come from this world. Where does He want our pleasure to come from? Man, that is hard. I have been letting it simmer and I am about to boil over with the sins of my worldly being – those things that seems like they are pleasing and good, when in His world they are chains and ropes tethering me to some impossible dream of that which is not for me. Because…”You’ve got nothing for me world!”
We go through life as believers in God and know that trials and tribulations will come, also that good times and joy will abound. We know that there are TeMpTaTiOns around every corner, and God help if we actually have an addiction to a temptation. How hard it is to say, “You’ve got nothing for me,” then? And sometimes…sometimes those things in which we have no idea, not even an inkling, of it becoming a stronghold float into our lives life a soft wind and whisper to us that everything is good and it’s okay. We love our worldly things: our cars, our boats, our houses, our pets, our food, our drinks, our spouses, oh the list can go on. Ask any kid and they will probably say, “I love candy!” What is concerning about that to God? Our sin nature, which should be concerning to us as well. We are called to BE the church. We have to be able to look outside ourselves and the walls in which mankind has built in order to be what He set us apart to be. We have learned to ride the sin wave with great vigor and then expect Him to bail us out.
Ponder this: what if you told the world…
You’ve got nothing for me.
“You’ve got no jealousy, no pornography, no gluttony, no alcoholism, no infidelity, no fear… – World, you’ve got NOTHING for me!” In order to the be the church, we have to be able to say just that. It is a continuous struggle, fighting evil. Steven Hart said, “In the struggle against evil, there is no shame in defeat only in not fighting.” Look at the world today and declare, “You’ve got nothing for me,” and know that you are the church. You matter.
And lastly, I will leave you with this, on this election day of 2016 as WE are called to be the church.
“The church must be reminded that is is neither the servant nor the master of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. It must be the guide and the critic of the state, and never its tool. If the church does not recapture its prophetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority.”-Martin Luther King, Jr.