God Wants Full Custody; Musings on Beer, Bad Theology, and the Blood of Christ
“Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.” – Psalm 55:17; KJV
Oftentimes I find the silly and pithy sayings about our Lord that appear on some church marquees very disturbing, primarily because they can be demeaning to our Lord. For instance; the church marquee that read “Jesus is like Coca Cola, He is the real thing” was troublesome. Don’t compare my Savior to a soda. I also think about the sign that read, “Jesus…built Lord tough,” obviously a spin-off the Ford Motor Company slogan. Don’t compare my Savior to a pick-up truck either. I even saw a church sign that likened the blood of Christ to alcoholic beverage by saying, “this bloods for you” a spin-off of an old Budweiser slogan. Admittedly, I doubt the churches that put those ridiculous sayings up on their marquee had intentions of being demeaning to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. But nevertheless, they were offensive to me, and more importantly I believe they were offensive to God. Some churches need to quit trying to be so cute and instead be more concerned about honoring Christ.
At the same time, not all references to our Lord on church signs bother me. I once drove by a church and saw a sign that compared our Lord to a parent yearning for a deeper relationship with His child. It said, “God wants full custody, not just weekend visitation.” This pithy saying is a great truth for us to ponder for our devotional thought this week.
There are many people today that see their Christian faith as simply something to be expressed on the weekends when they attend church services. And that is the extent of their expression of faith in God. Their lives the other six days of the week reflect someone who lives for themselves. It is almost is if they feel that they are doing God a favor by showing up to church once a week. But there are many problems with this all common mind set. To begin with, your faith in God is to be lived out in every area of your life, and done so on a daily basis. The fuel behind this ought to be a deep longing to know God better. It is a constant and aggressive drive in your heart to feed upon God’s word, and communicate with Him through prayer on a daily basis. If this is not done on a daily basis, and the only time a person is getting to hear from God’s word is a Sunday church service, then that person is going to become spiritually malnourished. Think of it this way; if you were to only physically eat once a week, you would be a very physically weak person! But you don’t eat just once a week; you eat every day to have a healthy and balanced diet. This applies to your spiritual life as well. You cannot solely depend on a weekly church service to meet your spiritual developmental needs. You must incorporate a daily hunger for God through prayer and bible study.
Consider our text above, David the psalmist expresses his need for the Lord not simply on a daily basis, but more specifically his need for God all throughout the day. Notice that David says that he will commune and communicate with God in the morning, at noon, and in the evening. This form of repetition in the Psalms is used to stress emphasis. It was David’s way of stressing His need for God all the time. His relationship with God is of utmost importance.
How about you? Can you echo these words penned by David? Can you say that you yearn to commune and communicate with the Lord all throughout the day and every day? If not, you need an overhaul on your life. The Lord is your source to abundant life (John 10:10). He is your ever-present help in time of trouble (Psalm 46:1). He is your shield and defender (2 Samuel 22:3). He is your everything! Dear Christian friend, you can be rest assured that God loves you, and that He loves you very much. He is your Father, and you are His child. And He wants full custody of your heart and life. Weekend visitation is not enough! Take time out today and evaluate your relationship with your Abba Father, and ask God to give you a deeper hunger for Him.
– Pastor Eric