First Christian Church

Jim Witcher

Choices

It is said that the first step to wisdom is knowing how dumb you really are! I have personally found this to be 100-percent true. When I face a problem the first thing I should realize is just how much I don’t know about that particular problem.
That way instead of just diving in and messing things up more than they were before I may actually either ask someone for help or I may even do some research before I dive in.
This principle is especially true when it comes to my personal relationship with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. There have been times in my life, more times than I would like to admit, when my relationship with Christ has been far from what it should be and everyone of those times I have found that it has been my fault and never His.
There have been times when I’ve jumped into situations that He didn’t want me to get into. There have been times when He wanted me to do something and I refused or simply dragged my feet until I was too late to do any good. I have probably made more mistakes than anyone I know.
But the worst mistake anyone can make is to become lukewarm toward God and His desires for their lives. When you become lukewarm you actually believe that you are doing fine because you don’t believe that you are doing anything wrong. When actually you are doing the greatest damage for His Kingdom that you can possibly do. In many ways it is better to be wrong even though you are trying to do what is right than it is to do nothing at all.
When you do something wrong you usually learn from your mistakes. But when you don’t do anything you learn nothing and you don’t grow in Him.
Christ talks about this when He is talking to the Church in Laodicea.
Revelation 3:14-22 (NIV) “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm — neither hot nor cold — I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, “I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.” But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.
“Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent. “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.
“To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’”
When Jesus says, “I am about to spit you out of my mouth,” what He means is that we are making Him sick to His stomach and He is about to throw up. Now for the good news: There is always hope when you are dealing with the Lord. Let’s look at verses 19-22 again “Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent.”
Repent means to confess our mistakes and then change directions toward Christ. “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.”
Christ is at your door knocking. And He is waiting for any and all of us to let Him in.
“To him who overcomes, overcomes not on their own but with His help, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, that is eternal life with Him, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”
Do you have ears? Are you listening? Are you ready to give your lives to Him? The choice is in each and everyone’s own hands.

 Love Jim