Author's Note: Much is influencing us these days; our culture, our government, friends, family, but, what about the influence of God on our lives? Shouldn't He be influencing everything? Even the most mundane activities should be under His influence. So, my question for you is R U Influenced? Please consider my thoughts on His influence for this month...
Anytime is a good time for a reality check. I had one once...As you may know, I am a pastor and a former parishioner had excitedly asked me to meet with her and an out-of-town friend. She promised that this friend was someone with whom I would certainly “hit-it-off.” Though I was extremely busy that week, I set aside a good amount of time to meet with the two of them. Thinking that she just wanted her guest to just meet “her pastor,” I was particularly cordial and welcoming, asking about the guest’s background and so forth. About thirty minutes later, the bomb was dropped. He said, “The real reason we are meeting is to tell you about a business…” You guessed it. It was one of those multi-level pyramid schemes. I had been “baited and switched” by one of my trusted congregation members. For a moment, it angered me until the Holy Spirit gently reminded me that He often feels similarly. We humans are particularly skillful at “baiting and switching” God. We act all sincere. Pretending like we just “want to get close” when all we want is something from the "big-shopping-mall in the sky." Are you trying to “bait-and-switch” God? Perhaps, its time for a reality check…are you just baiting God?
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