As I am preparing for this Sundays message – something very sobering hit me.
I felt the Holy Spirit remind me and caution me.
HE REMINDED ME:
The Church is Gods witnesses to the world.
We are his ambassadors and witnesses of the Good news to the those who are perishing.
In Luke 24:46
46And He told them, “This is what is written:
The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47and in His namerepentance and forgiveness of sins will be proclaimed to allnations, beginning in Jerusalem. 48You are witnesses of these things.…
We are witnesses of a message
Our message is not the same as the worlds:America is a great place to live and to die, but America is not the answer to man’s problems. Democracy and politics offer no answer to the problem of sin and death. We are not called to a passion of boarders and policies. Our great burden is not one of immigration and deportation.Our concern is the eternal destiny of every human soul. Our mission is to proclaim the message of Jesus “forgiveness of sin” – the need to be forgiven and the judgment to come to those who have resisted his forgiveness.
God reminded me – of the call of the church to the world.
GOD CAUTIONED ME:
Weigh your priorities and measure your zeal by an eternal scale.
Ask, this question; what value this will have in eternity.
1. How will this be measured by God in eternity?
2. Was my passion Gods passion?
3. Did my debate make an eternal difference in someone else’s life?
4. Is what I say or don’t say preparing others for eternity?
5. Is what I do or don’t do producing eternal value?
The church is called to be mindful of a count:
But not a count of an administrations injustices. Or how many are permitted and how may are prohibited.
Our number is one of eternal value –
This number is the number of souls:
56,000,000 / year
4,679,452 / month:
153,424.7 / Day
6,392.7 / Hour
106.7 / Minute
1.8 / second
That cross the transition from this life into eternity –
Where is the passion for this count?
This brought a conviction to my spirit, not as a Pastor but as a Christian, one who represents Christlikeness.
Be careful of where my affections, investments and passions are being deployed?
2 Timothy 2:23-24 English Standard Version (ESV)
23 Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. 24 And the Lord’s servant[a] must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil,
Satan is a master distractor.
He champions the arena of emotional impulsivity. He knows the buttons to push and the strings to pull. Do not allow yourself to be ignorant of his devises. He is a sower of discord. Therefore, guard your heart and your mouth and be attentive and discerning to the seed that are sown through the words of your conversations. Test every spirit – that pulls from your passions or emotions.
Our world is not our home:
We are just passing through – I want my endeavors to produce eternal value. Christian watch and pray – discern the times and the season. Don’t get caught up in the drunkenness and chaos of this world. But don’t be so concerned about perishable things like or the temporal. Spend your energy seeking the eternal things that will produce life after death. I don’t want to get entangled with worldly things.
Father help me to know and discern when I am being pulled away from the things that you have called me too and into the things of this world.