Be prepared. This is not the happy, happy little article that you would usually come across from me. Time to spill my guts. Time to dig deep and put out the raw emotions that I felt today while on my walk. I wanted to fall to my knees. I wanted to burst into tears. I wanted to cry out to Almighty God. I stifled it and walked on. What was causing this anguish? I wish I could pinpoint one thing, but I knew all too well it was a complex mass of a metastasizing tumor that has taken over our world, and I felt helpless, hopeless, devastated, heartbroken, desperate and morose all at the same time.
Let’s start with my job. I think that was the kicker today. You see, just about the time I start to think maybe we are going to be lingering on this earth for a while longer, I go to my computer to work. In my job, I see case after case after case of drug-addicted, drug-seeking, drug-abusing and drug-deluded people who are spiraling into darkness. Many, if not most of them are in their 20s and 30s. Many of them are anxious and depressed. Many, way too many, are on Disability for their “illnesses” and the large majority of them are so far gone that they will never be back. It is an epidemic. We are losing this generation so quickly it is astonishing. Continue
I need no more convincing that we are in the last days. For those of you who would agree, I present this question: What are you doing to make the most of the time we have left this side of eternity?
Do you recall that country song, “Live like you were dying”? It tells a story about a guy who was told he had X amount of time left and what he did with it. He went skydiving, mountain climbing, rode a bull and mended broken relationships. He suggested we all “live like (we) are dying” .
While all the things mentioned in the song are exciting and note-worthy, they do not compare to the thrills that await us upon entering the presence of the Lord. With that being said, what are you doing RIGHT NOW to prepare for that glorious meeting? Are your “last days” thoughts centered around “just waiting” while continuing in the same ol’ same ol’? Or, are they focused on the Kingdom-in building it up and serving it so you may have a crown to lay at the Lord’s feet?
Have you given much thought to the eternal destination of those within your circle of influence? I mean REALLY given it much thought. If you truly believe the Bible is the True Word of God, and what is written in it is indeed True then you know this is not a game. Nothing is more serious nor more important!Eternal souls are at stake and the enemy is working double overtime to devour whom he can.
Are we asleep in a foxhole, while the war rages around us, or are we actively engaged in the largest (and most important) battle for all time?
If ever there was a time to put on the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6) and walk in the Spirit it is NOW. Do not be conformed to the ways of the world. Toss away all inhibitions about being intolerant or politically incorrect and do not fear offending someone. Did Jesus fear offending people? He sure did NOT. Be transformed by the renewing of your mind and you will know the perfect will of God. (Romans 12)
Now obviously we cannot ram the Gospel down people’s throats, but nor should we bite our tongues when the Spirit is nudging us to speak Truth. If someone’s house is on fire and a fireman enters the home to discover a family peacefully asleep in bed, will he think to himself, “aw, if I wake them up it would disturb their peaceful sleep so I’ll just leave them alone and hope they wake up on their own and realize what is happening”. Of course not!
Well folks, there are people we know who are in a burning house, blissfully unaware of the flames licking about. Are we so cruel to not try as we might to save them? (Now before you email me…yes, I know Jesus is who saves). We are called to be firemen, rescuing souls by bringing them into contact with the Living Water.
So, again….how are you spending these last days? Is it time well spent?
“Arise, cry out in the night,
At the beginning of the watches;
Pour out your heart like water before the face of the Lord.
Lift your hands toward Him
For the life of your young children,
Who faint from hunger at the head of every street.” Lamentations 2:19