Checklist Spirituality

✔️Read my Bible
✔️Attended every church service this week

✔️Prayed 

✔️Told somebody about Jesus

✔️Served on a church committee

✔️Sang in the church choir 

✔️Didn’t do anything on my church’s naughty list

Looks good, right? But is it really spiritual? Is it flowing from a heart in love with Jesus, or is it driven by guilt and obligation? Jesus said of the Pharisees in Matthew 15 that they drew near to God with their mouth, but their heart was far from God. 

Why do you do what you do? If it is not motivated by love, it is a bunch of loud, useless noise (I Cor. 13:1). Are you marking off a checklist to impress others, or these acts of love to our Lord? It’s time for an examination of the heart.

Author: Matthew Winters (The Comeback Pastor)

Born and raised in Portsmouth, VA, I eventually landed in upstate SC because when God calls I move. I gave my life to Christ in 1987 and surrendered to the call to ministry in 1997. I am a three-time graduate from Liberty University and Theological Seminary: BS in Religion (2003), the MA in Religion (Leadership concentration - 2006), and the Master of Divinity (Pastoral Ministries - 2013). I have served as a worship leader and senior pastor in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia since 1996. After experiencing a divorce, God graciously gave me my wife, Jennifer, whom I married in September 2015. Between the two of us, we have 6 children. I am the Lead/Founding Pastor of Overcomers Church in Walhalla, SC, a church plant that is helping those who have been overcome by life to become Overcomers in Christ. Jennifer and I both love people and long to see them enter into a relationship with Christ and walk in the power of His Spirit. I pray that these thoughts I share will challenge and inspire you to greater heights and deeper depths for the glory of Christ.

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