One Sunday morning, several years ago in church, a young pastor by the name of Stephan Lorenz preached a sermon entitled ” What Chair Are You Sitting In.” There were 3 chairs, each depicted one’s state of salvation. Chair #1 was conflicted, Chair #2 was Committed and Chair #3 was Compromised. This was the day I figured out how to blog for Jesus unapologetically.
Consequently, after Pastor Lorenz described what each chair represented he asked us to identify which chair we were sitting in on that Sunday morning. This virtual exercise served as a wake-up call. For the first time in a long time I felt enormous pressure to be honest about where I stood with God. Only having 3 chair-options to choose from did not make things any easier.
As a matter of fact, the more I gazed at the virtual chairs through a unique set of lenses the more obsessed I became with getting it right. Not only was I fixated on the breaking down the true meaning of each chair I needed to be true to myself as I stood before God.
- Chair #1 Conflicted
- Chair #2 Committed
- Chair #3 Compromised
The kicker, Pastor Lorenz said you could only pick one chair. So, in other words, of the 3, only one could ring true to each individuals life.
After intense self-reflection coupled with what each chair stood for, it turned out, and in my opinion, I was sitting in the chair of Commitment!
Now, don’t get me wrong, I was still a piece of work, even a work in progress as I still am today. But, I was not straddling the fence as in conflicted or confused. To that end, I was not compromised either. Satan did not have a hold on me, that I knew! Then and now I am still a believer, committed to Christ my Lord and Savior.
Pastor Lorenz’s little ice-breaker was provocative and it urged us to examine the inner-self as it related to to his sermon. God knows he delivered that day. Essentially, pretty much everybody left there with a realistic view of who they really were on that day and at that moment. Many, including yours truly envisioned things about them they would have preferred not to see. However, at the end of the service at the least we knew where we stood with the Father and what we needed to do to draw closer to Thee.
Even so, I was over-joyed to learn that I sat in the chair of Commitment. In fact, I left there with a clear mind concerning several issues of conflict in my life. However, there was one conflict more important to me than the others. It involved using my spiritual gift and passion to write, as in blog for Jesus. The good news, it was clear that my commitment to Christ guaranteed success at overcoming the above referenced conflict. All I had to do was effectively connect my faith to my passion for blogging. Next, I delved deep to capture my purpose for blogging which was to connect Scripture to modern-day times.
Connecting Scripture to modern-day times provides visitors with information and insight into how the Bible resonates with their personal live. At the same time, correlating Bible passages to real life situations serve to illustrate timeless stories that stand the test of time. Moreover, when studying God’s Word we learn that there is nothing new under the sun. The caveat here is to remember that at the core there is nothing new. The core encompasses the main causes and effects of sin. That never changes! So, the work of God’s helpers never changes or the manner in which the calling should be answered. Simply put, Christians must not settle, deviate or compromise to appease the world.
Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8
With all of the above in mind my purpose for blogging came into view. I had finally identified my (blog) niche! Before doing so had become a challenge because the world kept getting in the way. At the same time I needed the world, to carry out my mission which is to lead souls to Christ by revealing and connecting Bible passages to their own personal lives.
Back then I pondered hard, often and relentlessly. As it was, I had to figure out how to keep Jesus front and center, while blogging in a world hell-bent on manipulating those weak in faith.
The only thing I could think to do was to ask the Lord to make my tongue!
The last thing I needed was to fill my head with descension brought on by telling myself that a lot of readers may not be Christians, or even religious, and may be turned off by Scriptural heavy blogs. Eventually I came to realize that none of that matters because my job was that of a fisherman. The saved don’t need to be reeled in but the lost do. With this in mind, Luke 15: 1-32 comes to mind when Jesus said:
“Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.” So he told them this parable: “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing...” Luke 15: 1-32
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, Ephesians 2:8
My main purpose for blogging is to write about subject matter that will help bring more lost souls to Christ , provide words of encouragement and guidance to those who are struggling with trials and tribulations. Therefore, this is what and why I do what I do as well to tell others how to blog for Jesus unapologetically. Actually, what this means is that I’ll never run out of content!
Thank you if you are reading this.
♥ My prayer on this page was dedicated to a woman I met in church on a Sunday, in October 2010. I called her Mrs. H. I pray that Mrs. H would connect with God to ask him for strength and guidance to get through what she described as an ugly divorce. Her heart was heavy. She shared that her husband had cruel intentions concerning their custody issues. Mrs. H was afraid of losing the boys in a custody battle. I asked God to protect, intervene for her, the boys and her husband and to keep them safe from harm.
Additionally, I prayed for her husband, asking God to soften his heart and give him love and empathy for his wife and boys. Lastly, I prayed to God to hold her shattered heart in his hands and comfort it, because her heart is so heavy. And, finally I thanked the Lord.