I’m not sure if I even want to recap 2020 in terms of media-type events. Who needs to rehash all that garbage? I do know that in my personal life, I have a great deal to be thankful for. Certainly, not everything is as I would like, but God is certainly evident. He’s right there with me. I’m sure of it.
Psalm 91:14-16 14 “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;
I will protect him, because he knows my name.
15 When he calls to me, I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”
No matter my circumstances, my God is always there for me whenever I call. Psalm 18 is similar to 91. I just read that one last night. Here’s a sample:
Psalm 18:6 6 In my distress I called upon the Lord;
to my God I cried for help.
From his temple he heard my voice,
and my cry to him reached his ears.
He’s there. He’s ready and waiting. We’ll have trouble, to be sure, but God is always there for us. Always.
Tomorrow brings in a new year. Will it be better than this one? Only time will tell. God sent a virus and the earth hasn’t repented. I guess we shouldn’t be surprised. Yet God is merciful and sends warnings. One day, his wrath will be poured out onto the earth. Even then mankind will not repent. The church will be gone, and those that are left will have to explain it. Then, calamity like never before will descend upon the earth.
Jesus might come today. Today. On one hand, I can’t wait! I will finally be home where I belong. On the other hand, I am terrified for those who will face God’s justified wrath. The world deserves what will come. I was part of this world, until that day he had mercy on me. I must never forget that apart from God, I would be no different than anyone else on earth. I might be better than some and worse than others, but I would still be an enemy of God. By choice.
I know the bible says that none will choose God apart from his divine intervention. I also know that God holds men accountable for their unbelief. And, it is true that I am to be an Ambassador in Christ given the ministry of reconciliation. All believers are.
The time is near, fellow Christian. Jesus is coming, maybe yet today. The world will pay dearly and eternally for every sin they commit. God has commissioned us to share the Good News. Indeed, it is good news. All of humanity is offered the same opportunity: repent and believe in Jesus Christ and you will be saved. That’s a promise. Never mind that no one, of their own free will, will accept. Our mission is to reconcile.
We’ll have fruit for our labors. Our lives will be transformed, and we will witness God transforming others. It’s amazing to see God at work!
So, my friends, I encourage you to get in the game. Stop sitting on the sidelines. Why should we care about things of this world, anyway? They will all disappear. All your money. All your achievements. Everything you work for in this world will be gone. So will the fear of losing all that stuff. In heaven, we won’t miss the things of the world. We’ll have God. Who cares about all this garbage?
What do you say? If that stuff doesn’t matter in heaven, it won’t matter here, either. Oh, let’s think this through. We don’t need to be in heaven to be with God. He’s right here with us. He’s with us wherever we are. Day and night, in times of trouble and in times of peace. He resides right inside of us.
Share the gospel. With everyone. Believers and unbelievers alike. Who cares if some don’t like the message? Who cares if they even hate you for it? Who cares if you lose all your friends and family? Other than putting up your life for them, I don’t see how you could love someone more than by sharing the gospel with them. Fear keeps us from sharing the gospel with abandon.
1 John 4:18-19 18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. 19 We love because he first loved us.
In my own reflection, I find that when I am really in tune with God, I have no fear. I desire to tell others of the things he has done. It’s when I push him aside that I become fearful of being a nut job in the eyes of the world. I am worried about how the world may punish me for my actions. I’m forgetting that the world doesn’t love me one bit. I am God’s, and the world hates me because it first hated Jesus. The world hates me and always will. I will never be able to change that.
Do you see what I’m talking about? Do yourself a favor. Think more about these things to see if they aren’t so. Open up your bibles and check it out. I know I’m going to be thinking a lot more about them.
After all, Jesus is coming. Soon.
Father, I pray that this post hits home to many who read it. Lord, I pray that it might make a big difference in MY life as well. I still fear scorn and rejection from the world. How foolish! I want the better way. Amen.
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