I just finished reading a book “Echo in the Darkness” by Francine Rivers. The book is fiction about ancient Rome and the persecution of the early Christian about 40 years after Jesus was crucified. The main character was thrown to the lions in the arena but survived. The portrayal of the character made me ashamed of my level of faith.
Although it was fiction, it also made me realize how privileged we are. To be able to openly worship God, not having to go “underground” for our belief, is a blessing. However… how many times do we use the opportunity to speak to God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit? Thinking of the Christians in countries where it is illegal to worship Him, how dedicated they are, make me ashamed. They risk their lives to get to a place of worship, or to get some scriptures to read and to memorise them due to a lack of bibles.
How many times have you heard the gospel, but denied it? Or just ignore it with the thought” “God knows my heart”? Yes, He does, and also your thoughts and actions even before you think or do! If I compare our religion to others, we have it easy! What is the difference?
A scary scripture comes to mind: “‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm and neither hot nor cold, will I spit you out of my mouth. For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.” Revelation 3 v 14, 15.
If you have not accepted Jesus Christ into your life, then please realize that it is your choice, whatever the reason for it is.
However, it does not make him less God. However, I am writing this to all the lukewarm Christians (without any judgement, we all sin and it includes me). Our days are filled with work, family, television, problems, heartache and many more.
It drones out the still voice inviting you to listen. That is the voice of the Holy Spirit. God created everything, us, the world, and the air that we breathe! Just try and hold your breath for a few minutes, and you will realize that you cannot live without oxygen. Just like oxygen, God is necessary for our spirit and soul, and survival in this cruel world.
The difference between life and death is just one last breath.
He has given us free will to choose, but what do we do with it? We play church; we have such a warped sense of who and what God is. We were created for Him, not He for us. But we ignore Him, blatantly use His Son’s name in vain, even if we don’t do it, we still watch movies where they do and just carry on as if His name was not used in vain.
He has brought the ultimate sacrifice; He gave his only Son, Jesus so that we can be blameless and have a passage to eternal life.
He is there 24/7 for us, how about us?
We, despite all the evidence and proof still worship idols and then when the still Voice speaks to us, we either ignore it or try to justify it.
Our reaction immediately will be: I don’t worship idols!
What is an idol? An idol is anything that gets between us and God, and it is whatever we worship more than God or instead of God. It could be money, family, shopping, sports, fame, education, just fill in the blank. Whatever we treasure more than God is what our idol is. And as humans, we tend to worship that which is most important to us, and if it’s not God, then its idolatry.
Maybe you know what your own idol is, but don’t want to acknowledge it. We might not even know we’re spending far too much time on something and little or no time for and with God. What about social media? Spending hours upon hours on social media, claiming we are so “busy” we don’t have time for the “The Book” (the Bible) or prayer? The fact remains, it is a choice you make. Whatever we put ahead of God is an idol and His word is clear about it. The first of the biblical Ten Commandments prohibits idolatry: “You shall have no other gods before me.”
If the “end” of the world now has to take place, or if your time to die is now, will you be ready? Let us not harden our hearts against Him knocking on our heart’s door. If we commit and stop playing games with our religion, our world will be so much better. Yes, we will still have troubles, but we will have the courage and wisdom to get through it.
The Bible teaches us that Christian life is one of constant growth. When you chose Christ, you were born into God’s family. It is God’s purpose that you will grow into full stature to be mature in His word and ways. It would be against the law of God and nature if you were to remain a spiritual baby and thus be a spiritual dwarf. In 2 Peter 3:18, the Bible says that we are to grow. It implies steady development, constant enlargement, increasing wisdom and a hunger for more.
The question remains:
Do we honour God as our all, or do we still want to do it our way? Only you can answer that!