What Hinders You?

January 11, 2013

What Hinders you?

            A question I often ask people is “What hinders you….?  Sometimes they are hindered by ignorance, but more often than not it’s a lack of initiative.  Asking “What hinders you?” is a gentle, non-offensive way of making people aware of their negligence in doing something they should do.  By means of this article I would like to ask you that question in regard to some things you should do.

What hinders you from being a Christian? 

By that I mean a genuine Christian, not just one in name only. Could it be that you are not aware of what it means to be a genuine Christian?  Are you aware of the peace and satisfaction that Christians derive from having a personal relationship with God?  It’s a feeling of security and self-confidence.  Perhaps you are confused, like many, in thinking that at the end of this life God will accept you on the basis of your own merits.  That’s not the way it’s going to be.  The Bible tells us that salvation is by the merits of Christ’s righteousness, not our own.  That is made clear by Ephesians 2:8-9 which says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:   Not of works, lest any man should boast.” If we could be acceptable to God by our own merits, Christ wouldn’t have needed to die on the cross.

If you understand this, what hinders you from becoming a child of God right now?  It’s done by humbly praying to God, confessing to him that you are a sinner.  Then you need to ask him to forgive you and accept you as a child of his by virtue of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross.  If you are not sure you know how to accept Christ as your Savior, you can go to a church that preaches and teaches the Bible and seek help from the pastor or one of the leaders.  If you go to a church seeking help in becoming a child of God, and the one who helps you doesn’t open the Bible and explain it to you, but just says “Oh just behave yourself and you’ll be alright,” you will know that you went to the wrong church.

What hinders you from reading a portion of the Bible every day and spending some time in prayer? 

I know that it’s hard to consistently include a time spent with God in your daily routine.  It will take some self-discipline, but it can be done. Most Christians find that the first hours of the day are best.  It’s a matter of evaluating your priorities.  If you are convinced of its importance, you will take time for it.  If need be, you may need to cut out some activities that really aren’t that important.  Many waste time every day doing trivial things like watching television or playing electronic games.  The following are some reasons why it’s important to spend some time with God every day.

  1.   God wants, and deserves some of our time.  Exodus 34:14 says, “For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.”  God loves us and wants us to spend some time with him.
  2. The blessing of the Lord is with those who spend time with him.   Joshua 1:8 says, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
  3.  Those who spend time with God have a more fruitful life.  John 15:5 says, “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”

What hinders you from being baptized and being a faithful follower of God?

By reading Acts 2:38 we know that God commands his people to be baptized.  “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”  Also, in the great commission that Jesus gave his disciples shortly before he ascended to heaven, he commanded them to baptize.  That is found in Matthew 28:18-20.  “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.   Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:    Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”  Romans 6:3-5 clearly explains the meaning of baptism.  “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?   Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.   For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection.” Biblical baptism is by immersion in water.  It is a public testimony of our identification with Christ in his death, burial, and resurrection.  You can’t say that you are an obedient Christian if you haven’t been baptized after you accepted Christ as your Savior.

What hinders you from being faithful in church attendance?

Hebrews 10:24-25 says, “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:   Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.  There are four common hindrances.  They are:

  1.  A lack of self-discipline.  II Peter 1:5 says, “And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge.”
  2. Being ignorant of the great benefits of church attendance.  You need the church and the church needs you.  We need each other.
  3. Indifference, or a lack of love for the things of God.  Jesus taught us that there are two great commandments.  They are found in Mark 12:30-31.  “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.”
  4. 4.      Sickness or immobility.  Note: If you just get sick on Sunday see my article entitled “Diagnosis Technique to Determine Whether You Have Sunday Sickness.” It’s under “Local Church.”

What hinders you from serving the Lord?

God calls some to serve him full time.  Everyone can serve God to a certain extent with the gift that God has given him.  Romans 12:6-8 lists some of those gifts. “Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;   Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;    Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.” A believer should feel guilty if he doesn’t have what he can call his ministry.  In God’s vineyard there is work for everyone to do.  Your ministry doesn’t always have to be in the church.  If you don’t have a ministry,   you can almost be certain to find one in your church.  Ask your pastor what you could do.  If he can’t think of anything right at the moment he may say, “Let me think about it and I’ll get back to you.”

If you are failing in one or more of the matters we have mentioned, ask yourself, “What hinders me?” don’t miss any of the blessings God has for those who obey him by being negligent in doing what you can and should.

 

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