Has the Public Hacked Your Personal?

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In our Christian life, we come to know the Lord, almost, always through a personal experience. That is why we use the phrase “Jesus, my personal Lord and savior.”  On the day we come to repent of our sins and receive Jesus into our hearts, we come to have a personal relationship with Him.

That is also mostly where the “personal” in the relationship ends (If we are not intentional). Everything from then on is a growth or service at the corporate, church level. We obey the Lord in water baptism as a witness to the world(public), we go to church(public) on Sundays, we pray at the prayer meetings(public), We learn the bible at the bible study(public), we give to the Lord at the church(public), We serve the Lord in various capacities at the church(public).

Everything above is commanded by the Lord and are good things. If we are not intentional, our personal relationship and intimacy with the Lord suffers at the expense of a growing, thriving church Christianity. Initially this will not be evident, but after some years, we run our Christian life because we belong to a church. At that point, the distinguishing Christian mark on our life will not be that we spend time with Jesus alone and our ears are tuned to hear him, but that we are needed in church and we have a reputation to maintain.

King Saul had such a problem. He was anointed by the Lord to be the first king of Israel. However through disobedience(partial obedience) he lost his calling in his life. God sends prophet Samuel to let King Saul know that God deeply regrets in making Saul, the king and that God was rejecting Saul from being king. At this point, King Saul shows some form of superficial repentance.

“Then he said, “I have sinned; but please honor me now before the elders of my people and before Israel, and go back with me, that I may worship the LORD your God.” 1 Samuel 15:30.

When our personal relationship with the Lord becomes an on-the-go; drive thru; meal prayer-only prayer; listening to sermon tapes Christianity, we can very well trade the hard work of obedience with the ease of partial obedience and may be…just maybe…miss out on the plans in our life. 

When that happens, it shocks me that we could fall into a superficial repentance and rather than being concerned about getting our act before the Lord right, we could shamelessly still seek the honor before the elders and the people! What a tragedy!
When God’s spirit rejected Saul, God’s spirit saw a young lad, not too far in a pasture land…singing songs and making music to the Lord, in the most unlikely place, being content, herding his Father’s flock…there was growth happening in a personal relationship with God, the lad tore a lion and a bear with his bare hands. He grew fighting private battles in the strength of the Lord before he came out to the public. 
Many years later the young ladies sang ““Saul has struck down his thousands, and David his ten thousands.” David had a private profile with the Lord striking and battling in obedience when he and God were alone. No one saw the making of David; Only God. When the public got to David, he had already established a track record with the Lord as a warrior. And it is this David God used to replace Saul. 
Private devotions are essential. Don’t let the public hack you before you establish your private track record with the Lord. 
Lord, as we fast and pray, we want you to intensify our desire for a private, personal relationship with you. We pray that you would make it meaningful. We would hear from you and be people who obey completely, and immediately. We would be pouring more energy into our personal relationship with you in praying, meditating, fasting,worshiping, which will strengthen us to serve you in the public. In Jesus name, Amen.
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