Do You Mean It?

What if people really meant what they say? Have you ever thought about that?  I have people everyday that say things to me about how much they love, appreciate and support me.  I have been in ministry to God and service to people long enough to realize that what most people say and what most end up actually doing are two very  different things!  And what is really disturbing is most of the people that I am talking about profess to have a relationship with Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior!

In my time with God this morning – I was thinking about how many awesome and wonderful things could be accomplished if what people say was actually true.

People say:  I support my church! What does that actually mean?  If you are supporting your church then you are giving above and beyond any expectations, especially your own.  You are giving more than 10% of your income.  You are giving of your time without any thought of what you are going to get in return.  You are giving of your spiritual gifts – just so that God  will get the glory!

People say:  I support you! What most of them really mean is this:  “I support you as long as you are doing what I want or as long as things are going the way that I think they should!”  Churches everywhere have been blessed with men that love God, love the church and love the people – yet these men and their families often have to ride emotional roller coasters depending on which side of the bed people got out of this morning!

For the people in my congregation – thank you to those of you that say it and mean it! You are a strength and encouragement that goes beyond anything that words can describe.  I am so looking forward to what God is going to accomplish through our working together!

2 thoughts on “Do You Mean It?”

  1. Wow, all those exclamation points! However, I am guilty. Oh how we need YOU Michael Joe to step on OUR toes more often. Thank you for reminding us to be better christians and mean what we say. Lord forgive us for all those times we have told people…..”I’m praying for you” or “You’re in my prayers”…….and never even prayed for that situation. Or how about this one, “Let me know if there is anything I can do.” And then when someone actually calls on you, you roll your eyes and sigh as if your time is too precious. Glenn Beck loves to tell AMERICANS to Say what they mean and mean what they say. Well, CHRISTIANS need to do that very same thing. Thanks for the reminder MJ. May we all strive to do just that.

  2. Seems like, for whatever reason, God has given us all to each other. For better or worse. Hopefully, He will also give us the strength to endure, the wisdom to discern, and the ability to overcome. And I mean that!

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