Let’s Keep the Main Thing the Main Thing!

It seems to me there are people in the church today who have lost, in many ways, their focus. They have missed what their priorities ought to be. It seems that many in the church have forgotten that the main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.

I think we have lost sight of who our real enemies are. I think we have forgotten what we are really for. We have forgotten what the real weapons of our spiritual warfare are. And we have forgotten what our real message is.

Who are the real enemies of the church today? Is it the entertainment industry? Is it politicians? No. According to the Bible, our enemies are the world, the flesh and the devil.

What are the church’s real weapons? Are they primarily boycotts or protesting? No. They are primarily prayer and the Bible, the Word of God.

What is our real message, the message that we want to bring to this world today? Is our primary message that we are against homosexuality or that we are against abortion? Or, is our primary message that family values are the answer?

No. Our primary message should be the Gospel, which is the story of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.

Here is my fear: I think more people know what we are against as Christians than what we are for. They know what we don’t like. But do they know what we are for? Do they know what we believe? Do they know what we think about Jesus Christ?

Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for family values. I believe abortion is murder. And perhaps boycotts and protests have their place, to some degree, in getting our views across. But none of them is the main thing.

According to the New Testament book of James, it is our own passions for the wrong things and our selfish ambitions that are the source of most of our woes. James writes, “Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members?” (James 4:1 NKJV)

It is important for us to realize these words are addressed to Christians. Let’s not forget that. James is warning believers not to love this world. And he likens this flirting with the world as unfaithfulness, or spiritual adultery. Very strong language is used here – it’s the idea of actually being accused of adultery by God if we are flirting with this world.

This analogy of unfaithfulness is used often in the Scriptures. The Bible likens the church to the bride of Christ. We are to be loyal to him. We are to be faithful to him. And to have another god would be the same as a woman or a man leaving her or his spouse for another person.

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God used this analogy to describe the wayward wanderings of his own people, Israel, in Jeremiah 2. He said, “Go and cry in the hearing of Jerusalem, saying, ‘Thurs says the LORD: ‘I remember you, the kindness of your youth, the love of your betrothal, when you went after me in the wilderness, in a land not sown’” (verses 2–3 NKJV).

God reminded Israel of how they went after other gods in his place. He said in verses 12–13 of Jeremiah 2, “Be astonished, O heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid; … For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, and hewn themselves cisterns – broken cisterns that can hold no water.”

A cistern was basically a well cut into the side of a rock. To have a broken cistern was to have a well with holes in it.

God was basically saying, “You have turned from me, the source of life, the fountain of living water, to this well with holes in it. You have gone after false gods.” When we lose that passion for Jesus and go after other things, the same can happen to us.

We still come to church, unless something more interesting comes along. And we are not actually that interested in learning songs or worshiping. We still pray when we think of it, but something has changed. What has happened? We have left our first love.

That is exactly what God was saying to Israel: “You once loved me like a young bride. Now you have gone after other gods, and it is unfaithfulness.”

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3 thoughts on “Let’s Keep the Main Thing the Main Thing!”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Pastor Greg, The apostle Paul was pleading to stay focused on the Lord Jesus in the letter to the Ephesians who he loved and had a special attachment for. Also Peter in 1st Peter was telling us to stay focused. ( 1st Peter 1: 1-9) In fact he was jumping for joy.

  2. Shilo says:

    Greg,

    I can say that I love learning about God and going to church, although I don’t do either enough. I do pray everytime I think of it, and it can be often and simple. I say amen when I hear something moving or of truth, and most of all I am full of faith, hope and thankfulness for everything I have. I agree that many Christians today have kind of lost their way, and seem to focus on the negatives of life. I myself love my life and am grateful to still be here to watch my children grow. I like most people have had a tuff life, no father, abuse, drugs, alcohol, theft, sex addiction, etc. I started to change my attitude at twenty one, but it was a hard confusing change that left me in ditches at times. I moved to another state for a change to better my life, and after 19 years I am on my way.
    I partied for a while and met some really cool people, and then got married only to have it last for two whole years. A few years after that I ran into an angle sort-of-speak my now wife Lauren. My life has changed so much these past nine and a half years because of the Lord using my wife to bring me to Christ. I don’t know why I am sharing all this with you, except that you have been a huge blessing for me, my wife, and my family. I say this because of your out reach programs thru the web and poscast. I absolutely enjoy your sermons and teaching on the bible, and your interpretation of the word of God. I just want to yhank you for everything, and am so grateful for technology so that I can hear what God is putting on your heart to share. May God continue to bless you, your family, your church and everyone around you.

    Thank you,

    Shilo Lillo

  3. saija says:

    i just finished a post on a similar theme … God does that, HE gets the “body” thinking on the same things … we need that Holy Spirit shine to make us winsome in the right away … that others, including our brothers/sisters who are faint of heart, will return to Jesus, the Saviour of our souls …

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