Well? Do you? If you do, you know what I’m talking about even without me having to explain… but I’m going to anyway. The Planned Parenthood videos. Rampant sexual immorality. The USA turning on Israel. Iran heading toward owning a nuc. The legalization of same-sex marriage. The divisions along ethnic lines. Christians, among others, being raped, tortured, beheaded, shot, enslaved, and driven from their homelands. The filth on television, in movies, and in books.
It’s all there in the back of your head, isn’t it? But, there’s something else there too… a call. A pull on your heart and a still small voice in your head urging you to be different, to do something. What is that something?
Romans 12:1 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world , but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
Romans 12:9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; 11 not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, 13 contributing to the needs of the saints , practicing hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you ; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation. 17 Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. 19 Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 “But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
I don’t know how much time we have left on this ol’ world, and of course from day-to-day any one of us may be gone. I hear fretting and fear, but I also hear the questions of what we can or should do in this world of ours. The answer is squarely in your own life. Seek Him, pray, research and read the word. Keep your ears and eyes open as to how you can serve others, esp. our brothers and sisters in Christ. Can you give time? Can you give money? Can you pray? Don’t bury your head in the sand. Face what is going on around us and respond, don’t react.
Hebrews 13:20 Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord, 21 equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
See to your families, especially your children. See to your brothers and sisters in Christ. See to your neighbors. Have faith, have courage, you are children of the King… and that comes with great responsibility and great power, but we have to be aware of it every single day, and be in the world but not of it. Keep your heads up, and while they are up, look for your redemption draws nigh. Let’s be about Our Father’s business while we wait, and don’t be discouraged dear reader He has overcome the world. Be hard workers, model hard work for others, be as wise as serpents and as harmless as doves. Grow in knowledge, grow in skills, grow in connection with others that love the Lord. Ask the Lord for Wisdom, and peace, and joy, and patience, and shed those things abroad so that others see and realize their need for Him, or so that they are strengthened in their own walk.
I hope to blog more soon about some of the things I’ve touched on here. Pray for me, and I’ll be praying for you.
Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,
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