ZECHARIAH 7

December 8, 2017

ZECHARIAH 7

PURPOSE OF THINGS

 

When you do something for so long you can forget why you are doing it in the first place. We all seek comfort but we must realize that comfort is actually the biggest enemy to growth, which is one of main culprits of killing joy. This is so strange because we all seek comfortable lives and run from hardships but we need both to have joy. The problem with having too much comfort is that it blinds and stops us from changing things for the better because new methods or techniques will come but if we fail to go through the challenging aspect of learning through difficulty we will keep doing the same things over and over again. But if we were to have nothing but hardship we will only get frustrated and give up quickly because of the lack of results so the answer again is balance!

 

The Israelites presented a question to Zechariah and the LORD in regards to a tradition and ritual about weeping and fasting in the fifth month as it is has been routine for the past seventy years to do it annually. The LORD’s response was,

 

“When you fasted and mourned in the fifth month and in the seventh, for these seventy years, was it for me that you fasted?”

 

A dangerous reasoning to have in life is to do a ritual or tradition and not know why you are doing it but to only do it because, “that's just how things have always been done!” This is a response of being comfortable in routine without purpose and that is different between routine with purpose because when you do something with purpose, there is room to grow, room to be challenged, and room to be uncomfortable.

 

God doesn’t want perfect attendance without the purpose of that attendance being simply to love on Him. God doesn’t want rituals and sacrifices if the purpose is to not on glorifying Him. Today, reflect and ask yourselves on what are some things that you have allowed to be routine in your life without any purpose. Seek to either get rid of it or more importantly, seek to find the purpose of it once again!

 

TIPS AND TRICKS

  • Do a life check

    • A life check is to document what you do in a day for a week to see how much time you put in particular tasks or which tasks you find that you are doing quite often. Things that will be revealed:

      • Where you lose time: We say that we are busy but in actuality most often cases we waste time so that we don’t have time to do the things we have to.

      • Realization that time adds up: Ten minutes here, ten minutes there, and then you realize that you waste in total about two to three hours doing nothing but being on your phone!

      • As you see the things that you actually do, you can then ask yourself why you do the things you do and why you invest your life into them.

  • Do a heart check

    • Why do we serve God (if we are serving)? Why do we come to church? Why do I sing songs on a Sunday? It is easy to go through the motions of doing the routine “christian” thing but that neither pleases God or blesses you. We do all these things because we love the LORD and love His people and if we are not doing with that purpose we are just doing religious things that are beautiful on the outside but dead inside.

    • Now some of us will come to the conclusion that we shouldn't go to church then or sing the songs because our hearts are not in it. FALSE! That is the biggest trap that I see many young believers and adults fall into! If you realize the intention is wrong the answer is to not excuse yourself from those things but correct the purpose of why you do those things as you continue to do them! It may not be so much an external action but a personal inward conviction that needs to change! If you lose the purpose of why you love God you must if anything go deeper in God to find the purpose again!

  • What is God after? Love

    • “Thus says the Lord of hosts, Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy to one another, 10 do not oppress the widow, the fatherless, the sojourner, or the poor, and let none of you devise evil against another in your heart.”

      • The purpose of our songs and all that we do is to love God and love people. If our songs on Sunday do not convict us to love people on Monday, then we are just throwing up religious acts. All that we do is for the sake of loving God by loving people the way he loves people.

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