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Put God in the Driver's Seat . . .

Put God in the Driver's Seat . . .

 

Heaven begins with a humongous party! Indeed . . . in Revelation 19 it's called the "marriage feast of the lamb!." Jesus was always going to party events . . . and the rather dour Pharisees were bent out of shape. Religion for them was serious business. No laughing, no joking, no running in the halls. Yet Jesus said, "I have come so you might have life and have it more abundantly!" John 10:10b (KJV) It's like He said, "Let's have a social event!" Or in Louisiana-speak: "Lessez le bon temps roulez!" (Let the good times roll.)

 

In a recent cartoon a small boy greeted the preacher on his way out of church and asked him, "Does God come to your social events?" Does your Christian church/class/organization have parties? If so, does God show up? How could you tell the difference?

 

1. People enjoy one another! They like to be together! If the folks are lagging around as though it's their duty to be there and if they keep checking their time pieces, you can be sure God has gone to another party somewhere. (Yes, I know He's everywhere all the time, but our awareness sure varies.) The group spirit we call fellowship . . . and fellowship is a strong New Testament doctrine!

 

2. People are having fun! They talk with each other, joke with each other, and even share personal problems with one another. If there's a game, they play eagerly. If there's a song, they sing joyfully.

 

3. People know God is there! "Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them." You can't always put your finger on it; however, even when no one is giving a devotional or even praying, you have a sense you don't have at a secular, non-church party. Maybe it comes about because of the first three "fruits of the spirit" listed in Galatians 5:22 . . . Love, JOY, Peace. Put these three together . . . and with God in the driver's seat, you are having a party event wherever you are!

 

Perry Lassiter

 

Pastor (Ret.), Pastoral Counselor, Writer, "coffeeholic" -- Ruston, Louisiana 

Author:  eBook, 2017, "COUNSELING FOR NON-COUNSELORS," a Christian Counseling eBook

 

 

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