Stop right now and think about this verse for a few moments. Don’t be in a hurry to do something else. I don’t know what your church upbringing was like, but chances are what church is like for you today is not the same as what it was when you were growing up. Times have changed, we have changed, and the church has changed.
The church I grew up in was conservative in thought and practice. The Gospel was preached faithfully. Testimony time was the norm and not the exception. Altar calls were common. Wednesday night prayer meetings were normal where people actually knelt and prayed at the altar. Holiness was proclaimed. Revival meetings were a part of the church life. Church fellowships were an essential part of our social lives. There was great security, comfort, and stability in the church.
As I look back on my early church experiences, one thing that really stands out to me is that you knew where you stood on Biblical truth. You did not have different spins on Truth. You knew the way to holy living and were often challenged to live it. You didn’t cater to people’s whims. You proclaimed the Truth and let the chips fall where they may. Holiness was not an add-on to the Gospel message, it was the Gospel message. In many churches, holiness is never proclaimed.
In many churches today the Gospel message has shifted in emphasis. We like our Gospel to make us feel good and comfortable. We don’t like to be confronted with sin. We don’t like to be told we need to repent. We don’t want preachers to get specific about sin. We want sin glossed over. The Lord says, “Stop it!” He says, “Return to the message I first gave you. Pursue godliness and travel down its path. There you will find rest for your soul.”
Don’t be like the majority who say they no longer want to hear what God wants for us. Don’t let the masses dictate what your soul needs. Pursue godliness and you will find rest for your soul.