The Cowboy: Devotion

26th August 2011 by Bill Davis
There is the story of a Cowboy traveling with his herd to the cattle auction. It was Sunday and he wanted to attend church. He had cleaned up the very best he could, but he still slid into the back pew, not to bother anyone. As he was heading to his truck after the service, the preacher stopped him and said. Son, the next time you attend our church, you need to pray to God and ask Him what you should wear. Well, he worked with those cows all week and then got ready to attend church. He cleaned up again as best he could and headed to church. After the service, the preacher stopped him and said. Son, obviously you didn’t pray and ask God what to wear to our church. The Cowboy gently responded, Yes sir, I asked Him but He said He didn’t know because He had never been to your church.
Where is your Christianity? Do you attend church to show off and get your weekly “fix”? Do you think about God and your actions during the week? Is church like an electric battery for you? You go, plug in for an hour or so, and then are good for the week. Jesus talks about worshiping in the book of John. The Jews and the Samaritians often argued where to worship and the proper plan of worship. Jesus teaches that the place of worship or perhaps your dress and rituals are not as important as how you worship. He tells us that there are those who worship who they do not know, and those that worship who they do know. John 4:23-24; “The true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth. God is spirit and His worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.” Jesus addresses those that worship with empty hearts. Mark 7:6b: “These people honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me.” God says if we have knowledge of Him, but don’t truly know Him, that is if we don’t know His word, if we don’t humbly worship Him; we will be destroyed. Hosea 4:6a; “My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you.”
Friends, this Christianity thing is serious. There is a great instruction book we all need to read more often…the Bible.
When people are ignorant of God’s directions on how He is to be worshiped, they wander in spiritual darkness.  Our Lord says in Matthew 15:14, “And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into the ditch.”  We must first have a desire to know the truth of God’s will and then be willing to change when we find we are wrong and are not worshiping according to His truth.  Jesus says in John 8:32, “And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.”  Only the truth can make us free, otherwise we are still under the bondage of sin.  We may be sincere in our worship, and we must be, but if we do not worship God “in truth”, that is as God directs, then our worship will be vain and unacceptable to God.      Author Unknown
Bill Davis

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