Broken and Divided: Everything is Being Shaken
Look around. There is indeed a lot of shaking going on. In the world, there is trouble, such as earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, physical and data insecurity, and violence. And the list could go on. In our lives, there is trouble, such as health issues, strained families, divorce, financial struggles, and suicide. Even in the church of Jesus Christ, there is trouble: division, disunity, immorality, and confusion. We appear to be broken and divided people who have lost our way.
Everything that can be shaken is being shaken. It’s interesting that the Bible forecasts some shaking. We see such a warning in the passage from Hebrews that opens this chapter. Jesus also spoke of the trouble that believers would confront. “In the world, you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33 NKJV). So, it appears that the existence of shaking and trouble around us is not unexpected. In fact, it is happening for a purpose.
Unanswered is why we, as Christ followers, seem to be experiencing so much shaking from within. What’s more, why do we appear unable to share in our overcoming power and capacity of Christ through us to impact the world for good? As the Church and Believers, everything that we hold true seems to be shaking. Why? Could it be that God is causing the shaking to wake us from our slumber, complacency, or in some cases, stupor?
Could it be that the Spirit of God is saying that it is time to do His business, expand His kingdom, give Him glory, and shine His light?
Broken and Divided: Worship- The Missing Ingredient in Our Lives
Human beings by their very nature are worshipers. Worship is not something we do; it defines who we are. You cannot divide human beings into those who worship and those who don’t. Everybody worships; it’s just a matter of what, or whom, we serve.”It seems as if people are worshipping anything and everything rather than God; money, success, materialism, jobs, political officials and parties, entertainers, sports, husbands, children, causes, other little gods and themselves. No matter where you go throughout the world we find people worshipping something or someone; statues, animals, mother earth and even water.
If we are truthful, we will discover that someone or something is the object of our affection and focus rather than God.