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It's All About The Product!
2/22/2010

It's All About The Product!

Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. 2Timothy 4:2-4 (NKJV)

I was reading a magazine article the other day in a Motor Trend magazine.  In this particular article, there was a comment that caught my eye. The story was about an employee who worked in an automobile manufacturing plant in Auburn Hills Michigan.  He was speaking of the transition of his attitude and state of mind at work.  He said, "I was almost clinically depressed a year ago.  We'd have long meetings where no one mentioned the product at all."  And then the line, which intrigued me, came next.  He said under new management, "It's all about the product!"

He went on to say something that further caught my attention, when he said, "I get home from work and I can't wait to get to sleep so I can wake up and get back to work the next day."

I thought to myself, "Wow! That's really liking something a lot!"  Then it struck me that that's how our walk with God should be - we should be so excited to get back to the next Bible study, prayer meeting or Church service.  The fact is, I do see this type of excitement in many people at our Church services and Bible studies.  And it is for the same reason that this employee was so excited about his employment - "It's all about the product."

Q:    What is the product that should be given to every person who attends Church?

A:    It is the full counsel of God - the inerrant, and infallible verse-by-verse teaching of the Word of God contained within the Bible.

It is unfortunate that many churches in today's world are caught up with entertaining those in attendance.  Attempts to garner membership fuel man-made marketing schemes in an effort to raise Church membership much like the local fitness centers do.  There are many programs and activities that are well orchestrated to attract and keep families coming back time and again.

Q:    Is it wrong to have Church programs and activities for those who attend?

A:    It's absolutely not wrong to have good solid programs and activities that will help reach and teach various groups or individuals.  But what is wrong is when these activities are the main focus rather than good solid Biblical preaching of God's Word.  A Pastor should never be so concerned with making it a priority to please the people over speaking forth God's truth and wisdom in love.  We see the Apostle Paul speaking this in 1 Thessalonians.  

But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts. 1Thessalonians 2:4 (NKJV)

The Word of God is absolutely essential to successful Christian living.  We are told that the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart (Heb 4:12).  

The Apostle Paul told Timothy that there would come a day when people will not endure sound doctrine; instead they will want to hear things that will make them feel good; things that would scratch their "Itching ears" - such is that time in these last days (2Tim 4).  

Satan and his emissaries are out to deceive us into seeking out and accepting feel-good type Church services - services that are centralized on entertaining and messages that don't contain the Word of God.  He knows that if he can keep us out of the Word, then we can easily be swayed to do the things that will lead us away from the Lord, and to be ineffective to winning lost souls into the Kingdom of God.  He knows that without the Word to guide us we will sit in the seats and listen to all sorts of stories and sermons packed with garbage and heresy and leave feeling as though we have come closer to God and have somehow reached some higher level of spirituality - it's a lie from the father of lies!

In addition to attending a church that has us bringing and opening our Bibles to teach the full counsel (every verse), we should be reading ourselves each and every day on our own so that we can be planted, rooted, and grounded in the Word of God.

Q:    Do you want to be spiritually empowered in your Christian Walk?

If you answered, "Yes," then simply make that commitment before God today to open your Bible; go before God in prayer and ask Him to reveal all that He wants you to see and know.  

That man in the automobile plant was right, "It's all about the product!"  And in this case, the product of God is His Word.

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn from the scriptures contained within this devotional with regard to God's Word?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you reading your Bible daily?  Are you willing to tithe an hour of the 24 that God has given you each day to reading His Word?

APPLICATION: Make the commitment today to faithfully, and prayerfully read your Bible.

Father, Thank You for giving us Your Word to read.  Thank You for guiding me by it, and empowering me to be what You have called me to be.  Help me to see and understand as I open it today and read from it.  Help me to remember it and implement it into my life today.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott







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