Summary: We all want God’s presence but how can we have it if we are eating the wrong food. Waiting on God
We all should know the answer to that but are we listening?
Fast food is great when you are in a hurry and you haven’t got the time to prepare a meal! Unfortunately there is a big down side. Most fast food is high in sugar and saturated fats and lack a lot in nutritional value. The end result is what the Government is trying to reverse right now obesity in children leading to cardiovascular disease in early adulthood. In fact diabetes in children is becoming more and more common.
Most people are NOT GOOD AT waiting.
We live in an "instant society" of
information on demand,
and the "buy now pay later" philosophy which has been the downfall of many families.
It is not just our physical health that is suffering,
It is eroding the very fabric of our society, FAMILIES.
The fast food mentality is destroying our churches as well.
Many people would rather sit at home in the comfort of their arm chair and flick on one of the many good television ministries that they have pre recorded than to come to a church were they might have to mix with someone they might not like.
Like fast food that is not good for you! We are created in the image of God and as such are created to have fellowship one with another. Sure we will have our differences but as I pointed out last week we need to rub up and down against each other to knock of the ruff edges that are on all of us.
Proverbs 27:17 As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.
Besides God’s Word tells us that we need to be in fellowship
Hebrews 10:25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
My friends we are living in the last days and that Day is rapidly approaching!
Look at what Jesus says about us being gathered together.
Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them."
We miss out on the very presence of God Himself when we forsake the assembling of ourselves together. He promises to be right in our midst when we come together.
Some might say well it’s me and Jesus that all I need, look at what 1 John 1:6-7 says
1 John 1:6-7 If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.  But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
Psalm 92:13 Those who are planted in the house of the Lord Shall flourish in the courts of our God.
I don’t know about you but I want to flourish in the courts of our God.
Sure it can be inconvenient and it sure is cold these mornings!
And yes we may find someone at church that rubs us up the wrong way.
What do they say?
BUILD A BRIDGE, GET OVER IT!
I trust you can see that instant church like instant food and instant credit is not good for us! Even the term buy now pay latter should send warning bells to us.
Many people sadly get in over their head and do pay latter when they find out that just as they did not have enough money to pay now they have not got enough to pay latter either.
Fast food is no different eat fast now pay with your health latter
Church is the same
Sure we can learn a lot and their are some good teaching on the Christian TV shows but they can never take the place of good old fashion fellowship that comes with coming to church.
The very name church or ekklesia, in the Greek means a calling out, i.e. (concretely) a popular meeting, especially a religious congregation (Jewish synagogue, or Christian community of members on earth or saints in heaven or both) :- assembly, church.
Our denominational name Assembly of God comes from that same Greek word, ekklesia
There is nothing like a good home cooked meal, I think it is worth the effort and well worth the wait.
Waiting until we can afford something before we buy it to me is well worth the wait, and is a lot less stressful than finding your self locked into the high interest rates that come with buy now pay latter.
Church is the same it is well worth the effort to come out and have fellowship with fellow believers and spend time waiting on the Lord.