Look up Proverbs 1:24-33. God is telling us that He will not listen when we call on Him if we are not listening to what He has already told us. He also says that we won’t be able to find Him when looking for Him if we won’t listen. While this may seem harsh, every parent understands that after telling your children for the hundredth time not to do something, but one child still does it, then the parent is less compassionate towards him than the other child who listened the first time. Like that parent, God wants us to listen to Him and to learn. If we refuse to listen and end up learning the hard way, that is our own fault. God is most certainly a loving God, but He is also a just God.
Matthew 5:14-16 “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” God commands Christians to be a light that everyone can see. When we got saved, we became a light, but there are a few different kinds of lights. One type of person are candles. They get saved, but then leave or they will come to church and then stop. Like a candle, these people don’t last very long. A second type would be a flashlight. They may come to church, but outside of church, no one would know that they are a Christian. Like a flashlight, they have very little light. A third type would be a spotlight. These people will serve in church and their community, but only if others can see them. A fourth type would be a car flasher. These people are here one minute, gone the next, and are back the next minute. A fifth type would be a headlight. They mean well, but they also can’t carry on a normal conversation either. The final type would be an ordinary house light. These people are normal people; do what is right; don’t let others influence them, and they are where they are supposed to be, when they are supposed to be there. These people are consistent and grounded in the Bible. If we are to be an effective witness for Christ, we need to be a normal and consistent person.
Proverbs 3:11-12 “My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.” While God is most certainly a very loving God, He will still correct His children. In Job 5:17, we are told again that God will correct His children. In the same sense that a parent wants their child to succeed and will correct the child if he does something that is not good, God will also correct His children. How soon we are corrected will vary, but we will be corrected.
Look up Proverbs 13:18. God gave us His Word, pastors, parents, and Sunday school teachers to help us live our best life. While we won’t be forced to listen to them, we will certainly be much better off if we do listen.
Look up Matthew 16:18. All throughout our lives, there was always that one person that everyone wanted to be like or be around. Our church should be the same way. It should be a place where people want to go. We should be building it up around others as well as working to be an encouragement to others.