The World we Live In
Will you choose Jesus? I say what a world we live in these days!
Honestly though, if we were to take a deeper dive into the times of old, we would probably be shocked to realize that evil still existed.
I want to take some time today to be real with you all. To remind every Christ Follower who walks this earth that God is Still Ruler! (Colossians 1:15-18)
As we enter into a time when everyone will cast a ballot and according to most people, choose a side. I want to remind us all of Matthew 12:30, we are either for God or we are against. And the hard truth that we all need to hear and have heard is that we all were against Christ at a point. That is why He sent His Son Jesus to die for all our iniquities. (Isaiah 53:5-6)
I want to do two things in this blog. First, I want to challenge each of us to really consider whether or not we are putting our hope and trust in Jesus or something else. Secondly, I want to encourage each and every one of you to take a step back. I know that is hard.
Is Your Trust in Jesus?
Ok let’s start with that first thing. Answer this, where is your trust? Do not just blindly answer that. Genuinely think about it and then answer. I can honestly say for the longest time I have put my trust in myself. I have pushed others and more importantly Christ to the side. Thinking that no one cares or trying to not put any burden on someone else. But the truth is God does care and He must be the one we trust above all other things. (Proverbs 3:5)
So maybe you are putting your trust in a person or a thing, or maybe like me, in yourself. But why? The simple answer is that we all are fleshly, sinful humans. We desire what we want, above the things Christ lays out for us. (ALL of Galatians 5, seriously read it all!) I look out and I see so much evil on every side of the playing field. I see Christians who forget that we serve ONE TRUE KING! And then there are other Christians who are trying to be accepting of everyone at the expense of truth. (Ephesians 2:1-10)
Look, more than anything I get that we can get irritated and frustrated at each other and our opinions, but when will we learn to listen to each other? And I say that truthfully, but never at the expense of truth. I mean when was the last time you disagreed with someone and sat down with them lovingly and talked it through? (Philippians 2:3) And before you ask, yes I know some people are so stuck in their way that they won’t listen or be willing to sit down and talk….BE THE BIGGER PERSON STILL AND LOVE UNCONDITIONALLY! (1st Corinthians 13:4-13)
One thing I do need to add to this and it is convicting to the core. Anybody who is between the ages of 18 and 30 I want you to hear this. All of us have become ENTITLED! We think we can conquer this world and be the change. We think this world owes us something. All of this is false.
Words of wisdom from those older than me, take a step back and listen to the wisdom of those older than you.
No this doesn’t always mean they are right, but often times our young minds miss the big picture and get all caught up in everything that we miss the truth. In Job 12:12 he says, “Wisdom is with the aged, and understanding in length of days.” God is the beginning of all things and is the one from whom True Wisdom and understanding flow. Just open His Word!
Take a Step Back
Alright, let us hit the second thing. I want us all to take a step back. From our opinions and from ourselves. And I want to challenge each of us to lay it aside and get down on two knees and ask the Lord to realign our lives back to Him. Because the truth is, we have fallen away from that.
I want to make two pleas, one too Christ-Followers and the other to those who do not know Christ.
Plea to the Christian
Christ followers, where is your trust? Have you forgotten the one who saved you from your wickedness? (Philippians 2:5-11) When will we put this anger and entitlement aside and learn to walk in love? We are not a beacon of hope to the lost, when we are yelling and screaming at any who oppose us. Often, we forget that we need to share the Gospel with them, not our opinion. Truth matters above all things. So, when you see a fellow Christian or non-Christian who is walking in sin and flesh and not truth, then proclaim the truth of God’s Word! In Philippians 2:12-18 we see how the Philippians were called to be a light to the world. A world described as crooked and wicked, just like todays world. The call in these verses is to hold fast to the word of life (God’s Word) and do things without grumbling and disputing.
Will YOU do that? Will you trust God and obey His Word?
Plea to Non-Christians
Non-Christians, my plea to you is to hear the truth of the Gospel. Yes, you are loved beyond all understanding. Loved so much that King Jesus died on a cross for our sins. (Our sins, meaning all of us, because as Romans 3:23 says, “we all sin and fall short of the Glory of God”.) But I would not be very loving if I did not warn you of the truth that if you live in sin then you will be sentenced to eternal damnation. And I ABSOLUTELY don’t want that for anybody! I cannot bear the thought that so many people don’t have a relationship with Christ. That is all I want for you. The Hope that is found in God far exceeds anything that you or I have. We are called to let go of ourselves and turn to Jesus. Go read Romans 10:5-13 and chew on it. I beg you to accept the One who loves you more than anything. Turn away from your wickedness. Ask questions, be curious, because you are loved, and I refuse to lay down and give up. This truth is worth fighting for.
WILL YOU CHOOSE JESUS?
Alright so for now that is all I have, but I would encourage all of us to think about this stuff and read the scriptures. The reason I wrote this blog wasn’t to get my opinion across, but to express the convictions I have had in my life.
This world is going crazy, but will You Choose Jesus ABOVE all other names???