In terms of taking responsibility, I had a lovely analogy and I don’t know whether I kind of thought of this or someone told me about it. So, I’ll go for this. So I had this sense with our staff team a couple of weeks back. We had this kind of meeting just before the service starts. And I just had this sense around like, don’t allow this kind of habit or undiscipline to be how you experience church on a Sunday.
So what I mean by that, don’t allow a Sunday to be the day that you come with your empty tank, fill it to the brim with the word of God, (and I’m not saying any of this is bad). So you come on a Sunday, you get filled with the word of God, you have community, and you have, you know, all of those kinds of wonderful things that are also from the Lord. But then on Monday morning, where is your Bible? On a Tuesday when you’ve had this argument with someone, are you the first to forgive? On Wednesday when you scream at your children? Or, on Thursday when you’re at work and you’re exhausted. And then on the Friday and the Saturday, when you’re running on fumes, right?
And I had this sort of image of this car. Our church is on a hill, and it was this image of this car. It got filled up on a Sunday and it was busy, busy, busy all around town. But by Sunday morning, just before the next service, it’s coasting down the hill. You know, when you have got no petrol and you’re like, “Please Lord, let me get to the petrol station,” and you’re on fumes now. And I’m like, I just had this sense, like I don’t ever want to be that person. And I was that person for a long time.
I would get this kind of wonderful fulfillment and joy on a Sunday morning. And then, you know, Darlene Zschech, what a woman, puts it this way. There’s a song, and she says, “I say on Sunday, how much I want revival. And then on Monday, I can’t even find my Bible. Where is the power, the power of the cross in my life?” And that for me, like Darlene Zschech, honestly, woman of God, incredible. But that sort of sense of don’t come on a Sunday or like, oh, here’s my Bible. Look, it’s underlined, and I know everything. And look at the colors I’ve used. And then on Monday, your Bible’s at the bottom of the pile. And so is it on Tuesday and Wednesday and Thursday. And God was just like, “I want to fill you every single day.” And you have access to that, because it’s not your Vicar’s job and it’s not your pastor’s job. And it’s not your friend’s job, that you have to take responsibility. And it was for me, I have to take responsibility for my own walk with the Lord, because He is available every day. And He is there for me every single day.
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