Summary: Often our motive is to try and get met whatever it is we see as our greatest need.
Why do we first come to a Church meeting and encounter God
Often our motive is to try and get met whatever it is we see as our greatest need. Like:
• To get a financial blessing possibly after some great set back.
• To get deliverance from a ruinous addiction and thoughts of suicide.
• To get a physical healing.
• To recover from a divorce or the loss of a loved one.
• To find a girlfriend or a boyfriend, or a wife or a husband.
And God may be able to meet us at the exact point of our perceived need, if we will hear Him and believe Him. And in the process be able to convict us of our sins and forgive us, because of what Jesus did at Calvary, and get us born again. But the sad thing is how do we often then respond? We think “OK God, I can handle things again from here”. Where’s our loving gratitude to God? Where’s our understanding of how great our ongoing need for God is; and how great is the ongoing Salvation He offers us? We are so often like Israel was after receiving God’s blessing. We are like the 9 ungrateful lepers who were healed:
Ps 107:13-19 Then they (Israel) cried out to the LORD in their trouble, And He saved
them out of their distresses. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, And broke their chains in pieces. (Just like He did for us)
15 Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men! (But we don’t, we return to our ways)
17 Fools, because of their transgression, And because of their iniquities, were
afflicted. Their soul abhorred all manner of food (spiritual food – the living word of God), And they drew near to the gates of death (again).
19 Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble (again), And He saved them out of their distresses...Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving...
Luke 17:12-19 ...There met Him (Jesus) ten men who were lepers...And they said,
"Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!" So when He saw them, He said to them, "Go, show yourselves to the priests." And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed.
15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God...And he was a Samaritan. So Jesus said, "Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this (non Jewish) Samaritan?"
Where were the multitudes that Jesus healed physically, at His trial and crucifixion? They had deserted Him, and some may have been part of the crowd that said crucify Him.
Matt 12:15 ...Great multitudes followed Him (Jesus), and He healed them all.
Mark 15:8-13 Then the multitude, crying aloud, began to ask him (Pilate) to do just
as he had always done for them...He was accustomed to releasing one prisoner to them, whomever they requested. Pilate said to them "What then do you want me to do with Him whom you call the King of the Jews?"
So they (the multitude) cried out again, "Crucify Him!"