Thursday, March 17, 2011

We Are Being Watched

Following is a short list of a few "incidents" that have occurred over the last few weeks. See if you notice a common denominator...

  • After Sunday church services hubby and I stopped at a favorite Chinese buffet. As we were leaving, paying our ticket the cashier seemed very agitated. I asked, "everything okay?". He said, "I hate Sundays, church people can be so rude and mean. They just get out of church and are working on new sins already hu?!"
  • A friend who works for a government agency complains, "I hate it when preachers come in to sign up for retirement benefits. They don't pay into the system and then are hateful and rude about not being eligible for a big retirement pension!"
  • My aunt and uncle just had tenants move from their rental home. They left a huge pile of garbage, old appliances, a tv and other junk out on the front lawn. The man of the family told my uncle not to worry about it, that he would be back to haul it off. Did they? No they didn't. Members of my family complained... "They belong to "such and such" church, you would think being such big Christians they would keep their word!"
  • A co-worker commented to me about how some people (she didn't name names) in the office can be so two-faced, pretending to be your friend and then stabbing you in the back. And "they go to church!" she said.

As a Christian, I find these remarks painful and embarrassing! I debated whether or not to even post them because they are such a shameful witness.

Political and world events are causing folks to seek truth and peace more than ever before. It is heartbreaking to think that as they look around them at those who profess to know "the way" that they turn away disgusted. They observe and they determine that Christians are just a bunch of hypocrites!

We Christians say..."Yes, I know but we are all on a journey, growing and learning. We are not perfect; we never said we were. We are be-ing sanctified! They shouldn't judge about God based on me!"

But they do judge and when these who are in the valley of decision make their decision I wonder if we will come to know them as brothers and sisters in Christ or as our embittered persecutors.

I often find myself wondering what I can do to make a difference. I'm getting older and can't recall anything I've done to make me worthy of a crown or to hear the words.. "Well done good and faithful servant." I'm not a foreign missionary and I don't serve in any real capacity at my church.

I think I have mentioned before that I felt God had admonished me to "be faithful in the little things" instead of reaching for what we sometimes think is more important. I forget this sometimes. It's a comfort to remember it.

What is important is loving God. If we love God then we will want to please Him. What pleases Him is for sinners to be reconciled!

We are being watched by the lost. I hope we can all take this seriously to heart and become more conscientious in our daily routine lives. To use an old idiom... this is where the rubber meets the road!

Father God, forgive us for all the times we have been bad witnesses. Quicken us with your Holy Spirit to acquire a daily walk that is pleasing to you. Help us to be vessels of living water, salt and light so that the lost you seek are drawn and captured by love and your salvation. Amen!


Monday, March 7, 2011

Faster and Faster

Then he said to me, "These words are faithful and true." And the Lord God of the holy prophets sent His angel to show His servants the things which must shortly take place. Rev. 22:6

The things that must shortly take place are all the wonderful and dreadful events revealed to the apostle John (and us). The rapture, Antichrist & tribulation, the mellennium, white throne judgment and the new Jerusalem!

The words, faithful and true simply mean... you can count on it, these things WILL happen, and shortly.

But, can you hear the scoffer... "Shortly take place? People have been saying that forever!"

They misunderstand.

The word "shortly" in this verse is derived from the Greek word tachos. It's where we get our English word tachometer and it means to move at an ever increasing speed. In the context of our passage and the words proceeding it we can understand it to say that once these end time events start taking place things are going to happen faster and faster!

This got me thinking about the acceleration of events and the rapture of the church. I can almost feel a "g-force" happening can't you? Or should I say God force :-)

"Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book" Rev. 22:7