Mom took us to church every Sunday. Thanks Mom. When we were of age we started to take communion. One Sunday after we had left church and gotten into the car we started messing with each other. I remember my Mom saying, “You just took Jesus into your hearts and you’re acting like this already?” Funny how you remember certain moments in life.
It wasn’t until many more years of messing around did I begin to take Jesus seriously. Unfortunately, I tried to grow up in Christ without someone mentoring me (because I’ve been a know it all for a long time) so, I tried to imitate what I saw in Christian circles and didn’t really have an authentic relationship with Jesus. When things got out of control from my perspective, I humbled myself and started approaching God with a lot more sincerity.
God wants us just as we are. Honest about ourselves. Pretense is not useful with God since He already knows you through and through. Communion is about having your life in common with God. It’s where you become one with Him. You can’t do that if you’re faking it. Your relationship with Him is 24/7, so only worshiping on Sunday morning doesn’t cut it. Real freedom comes when we walk away from the lies we’ve embraced and worship the Father in spirit and in truth. Love Him lavishly.
John 4:23-24″It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship. God is sheer being itself—Spirit. Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration.”