Posted by: reignlight | August 29, 2006

Restless Sleep…

While talking to God before bed the other night, I was struck with a sobering thought. I pictured millions of professing Christians being sent to Hell on account of how they lived their lives. With this in mind, I prayed that I would not be found as someone who would bury my coin in the ground and be found as a lazy and worthless servant (Matt. 25:14- 28). This gave me renewed insight to what this parable truly spoke about. We are called to be fruitful and multiply, not just as humans filling the earth but as people of God bringing others into His Kingdom. It frightened me to think of all the unsuspecting ‘christians’ who are completely unaware of our mandate to reach the lost to bring them into a true understanding of who Jesus is and why we desperately need Him. Once people are told of Christ and His offer of salvation while revealing their sinful state & destiny apart from Him, we are cleared of our responsibility as believers (Eze. 3:16- 21; Rev. 2:18- 28) Then the Holy Spirit will either convict or condemn the hearer, as only God can draw us to Himself. (John 16:7- 11) The fact is that this is not a request on Christ’s behalf, but is commanded of us and we will go to Hell if we are not faithful in this area. Surely there are different parts we perform within the body but we must all care to reach the lost on some level, and this level should be made evident by how we carry about our lives. By no means are we saved by works but our works are a reflection of our love and obedience to the Lord. Are we not cut off if we do not produce good fruit and then cast into the fire (Matt. 7:15- 20)? This begs the question of how are we spending the time we are given, since none of us are guaranteed another moment in time. We could die before this very day is complete and then live an eternity filled with torment and regret. Do we truly care to make every moment of our lives count, or do we only want to live for ourselves?

I believe the problem lies in two places. First, the concept we hold of sin is completely distorted, which stems partly from our ministers being unwilling to enlighten us to its full depths. I think this could be due to the fact that their deeds are dark and they will not come into the light lest their deeds be exposed (John 3:20). In contrast, Christ showed us the Law in truth while the Pharisses and lawyers were reprimanded for not doing so (Luke 11:37- 52). On the other hand, we too have become complacent in our reading of the Scriptures. It’s as though we believe that it’s enough to receive our fill on Sundays then we would rather spend our time fulfilling our own lustful desires throughout the rest of the week. Since we are degenerate and choose not to learn about the things of God, our view becomes greatly distorted, and as a result we lose our respect for Him and His Word.

What would we think of a man who marries his wife out of love, then he goes from his honeymoon to living a lifestyle that’s very self- centered. He becomes a lazy couch potato and does nothing to help his wife around the home. Eventually he loses his job and files for unemployment. Several months go by as he still has not chosen to get a job, even though numerous resonable positions become available to him. He is content to support his family from his unemployment, which is simply government assistance taken from the taxable income of others in the workforce. In addition, the man does not show his appreciation towards his wife and never lifts a finger to help his wife as she maintains their needs around the house.

Now for a moment, picture a man who asks Jesus Christ into his heart and who attends church on a regular basis. He reads his Bible when the minister preaches on Sunday but otherwise doesn’t care to turn a single page throughout the week. His free time is constantly filled with a variety of activities so that he never takes time to pray outside of saying grace before meals. Regardless of this, he still sings songs of praise during worship services and does what he can to help out people who he sees in need. His friends are those who attend bars regularly and speak with all manners of vulgarity. He eventually finds himself slipping into old sinful habits which he swore he would never fall back into. He also finds himself joking occasionally among his co-workers so much so that others cannot tell he claims the name of Christ. Deep down he considers those who hold up Jesus in the public square as social rejects and he would feel uncomfortable ever pushing his faith on someone else. All the while he claims the name of Jesus to those who ask him and would never think of himself as anything but a genuine Christian, especially since everyone else at his church lives just like he does.

Both people here are clearly not loving who they claim to love, and in the same fashion millions of professing believers will one day wake up to the reality that Christ requires much of us as Christians. We can’t expect Him to be our Savior without Him first being the Lord of our life. If we do not bow down to His authority every single day then we will slowly accept the sin we profess to hate, unless that same ‘christian’ never departed from his sin in the first place when He accepted Jesus ‘into his heart’.

The second problem involves how we view the nature of God as revealed in Scripture. One has to totally ignore the Gospels to miss the black & white stance Jesus takes on critical issues of sin. We fall for the lie that God is wrath in the Old Testament while Jesus shows love in the New Testament. God shows Himself to be gracious and patient many times over dealing with Israel and their rebellion, while Christ as God incarnate was one who rebuked men as devils and called others children of Satan (John 8:31- 47). God never changes and is the same yesterday, today and forevermore.

The Words of Jesus – (Isa. 29:13; also in Mark 7:1-13; & Matt. 15:8-9) ‘This people honor me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men’

“There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answered and said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.” – Luke 13:1-6

“For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven”. – Matthew 5:20

“Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked”. – 1 John 2:1-6

“Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us”. – 1 John 2:18-19

“For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles—when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries. In regard to these, they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you. They will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead”. – 1 Peter 4:3-5

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