I was completely taken aback today when I heard a sermon on the radio from Pastor Alistair Begg. Pastor Begg has been a Pastor longer than I have been alive. He is the Head Pastor at Parkside Church in Ohio and he is a man I have the utmost respect for.
I have notebooks filled with notes from his sermons and I have every book he has ever written. Needless to say, I hold him in high esteem as a true man of God and as a teacher of the Word.
Today he asked me some questions via his sermon and I have to admit – they cut me to the bone.
I will ask you the same questions now, and I only ask: 1) that you answer them truthfully, 2) then I ask you to meditate on your answers, 3) then finally I ask you to work on a plan to make the changes you feel the Holy Spirit asking you to make.
My plan is now over 5 pages long. Here we go.
HOW WELL DO YOU REALLY KNOW GOD?
Let’s out this to the test shall we? Answer the following questions truthfully and you are sure to find out.
- How many times did you say the word “God” today?
- How many times have you read your Bible just this week with the intention of it changing your life?
- How many times have you gotten alone and prayed to God this week?
- Who will be in Heaven this week because of something you told them about Jesus?
- How many people will be in hell because you did not talk to them about God this week?
- How many people did you help out in some way this week who was much worse off than you?
- How many times did you thank God for the food He provided you this week?
- How many times have you prayed this month without asking for a thing for yourself?
I failed miserably and I am a Pastor and a Counselor. I admit to my shortfallings. I admit to failing on EVERY one of these questions to the amount that I am sure God would be happy with. You know what that makes me? A hypocrite. A phony. An imposter. I MUST do better!
Sure we all fail and fall short of the glory of God, I know that verse well. But what truly hurts me about this is that I am making conscious decisions to put other things before God and before others.
Well that is changing – immediately. I have written out these questions on three by five cards and I am keeping them in my wallet. I have set a reminder on my phone once an hour to look at the cards so that I simply cannot forget what my priorities are to be – God first, always and in all ways.
How did you do? Do you “ace” the test? I have spoken to over 2 dozen people today about these questions and one man at lunch today started crying after thinking about these questions for less than 2 minutes!!! We can all do better. Don’t we owe it to God to do better? Don’t we owe it to our loved ones to do better? Don’t we owe it to ourselves to do better?
How well do you know the Creator of the world, your Creator, and the God who loves you no matter how badly you fail this test?
With a Changed Heart and tons of Love,
Pastor Brad Komgenick