As I look about at all the Christian activities on Facebook, and other social get "togethers" and in my mail on a daily basis, I truly wonder how much of us does the Lord have?
Yes, that is what I mean, though we accepted Him as our Saviour we have to ask the question is He Lord of our life, and ALL of our activities? How much does He get of us?
If Jesus were to appear tonight, would you truly be ready? How much light would He see in you? Is your lamp trimmed and filled with oil, would He say He never knew you?
I got to thinking about these things when I see all the Christian games and activities that take up so much of the day on the internet. These thought came to mind.
It is good to socialize and pray for one another, and I think that would be much more valuable for all of us.
In the new testament they needed to fellowship and gathered together to pray for one another and encourage one another because of the heavy persecution they suffered for the name of Christ, this is a good thing. They encouraged one another.
They really didn't speak as we do, but sang hymns and psalms and spiritual songs to one another so it was basically oracles of God that were spoken, not the foolish jesting we hear today.
Don't get me wrong now, I am not a prude and I like to have fun on occasion, especially to laugh and experience joy.
But I have to ask are we really prepared if the Lord were to come tonight?
Knowing that He will ask us some very heavy painful questions when we face him as Judge, this is something I think on.
The one question I think of the most is, I ask myself how much have I loved others, how much love have I given to the Lord, and my neighbor? How much have I sacrificed for Him? No, it isn't required but it does reveal our heart to Him.
Now I am not talking about just doing good deeds, but giving of ourself to others, especially those in need, those who cannot pay us back. How much do we lay our life down for our brethren.
1Jn 3:16 Hereby know we love, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
1Jn 3:17 But whoso hath the world's goods, and beholdeth his brother in need, and shutteth up his compassion from him, how doth the love of God abide in him?
1Jn 3:18 My Little children, let us not love in word, neither with the tongue; but in deed and truth.
What about the Lord, how much of us does He get every day? Is He before everything?
How can we expect to live forever in heaven with some one we do not know in a personal way, nor want to spend time with?
Would you spend time with your husband or wife if you hardly knew them? Would you even marry that person if you didn't know them intimately.
I don't mean, know who they are and what they did. No, I mean knowing that person intimately, the things they deeply care about.
What he or she likes and dislikes and how to please that person. We usually want to marry someone who is like minded.
What about the Lord, if we do not know Him intimately, if we do not know those things He loves and hates, how can we live forever with Him.
How can we be ONE?
So why be a Christian, which is the body of Christ and be wed to the Lord if we cannot even love Him with a perfect love, if we do not love the things He loves and hates the things He hates.
If we cannot honestly answer these questions with an affirmative, we are not of His true body, or we are adulterers, idol worshipers. And not the true bride of Christ.
Do you know His will for your life? The only way you can find out is by asking Him, and searching the word. His perfect will is His whole counsel the word of God. Nothing added, nothing taking away.
The Lord already knows our hearts, but he is watching to see if we have been preparing for Him, as a bride, putting on a spotless wrinkle free white dress, with all that goes with it. Our hearts yearning for Him, longing for the time we shall spend eternity with Him, our heart of hearts, our passion, the one we long for, our very hearts desire.
Esther went through preparations for one year, and then she went before the King.
Est 2:12 Now when the turn of every maiden was come to go in to king Ahasuerus, after that it had been done to her according to the law for the women twelve months (for so were the days of their purifications accomplished, to wit, six months with oil of myrrh, and six months with sweet odors and with the things for the purifying of the women),
Est 2:13 then in this wise came the maiden unto the king:
It is time to put away the foolish things, and get serious. the King is waiting, and shall make His grand entrance one day soon. Sooner then you think.
And should He tarry and brings swift judgment on those who do evil, where would you be found? Would He find you hidden in him, beneath His wings, or would He appear quite suddenly and you were off somewhere doing your own thing?
Brothers and sisters we need to be mindful of Him every hour, every second of the day, when those things shall come upon us as He has prophesied, how shall we be found. Will He find our trust in Him? In His strength?
Though so many do not understand, that we are our brothers keeper, and we must care for the rest of the body of Christ where they are. What they are in need of, if they are following the truth.
We need to pray for one another fervently.
We are to preach the truth in season and out of season. WE need to care for the widows and the orphans, and we must lay our life down for one another.
Love is all the law and the prophets, Love is the most important thing we can learn here on earth, it is the entrance to heaven, where all that exist is love.
It is time to look at our life and ask ourself, How much of us is the Lord possessing? How much of his life do we possess, or is it our own life.
When we die he lives.
Take some time and give it some thought, we get so busy with our own life, we forget we do not own our life any longer, it was bought and paid for by Jesus Christ. And He is coming to claim His rightful possession.
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Very good article. I think too many people 'try' to live the way God wants us to. Jesus said "you will be (not try to be) my disciples"...I have been around quite a few years on earth and finally,around 40 years of age, I stopped trying and surrendered and turned all of me over to HIM. It is so much easier to allow HIM to flow through us rather than try to MAKE HIM flow through us. This has to be an individual choice. JESUS wants us to walk with HIM every minute, every day. Just because HE is not physically right by our side, does not mean HE is not there. If you spouse was not with you side-by-side daily, you would still be a part of them, each of you taking care of your responsibilities. Our Lord is not a hard task master, HE loves us and wants us to have a great life; He does want very much to spend one-on-one time with each of us. Thanks for the reminder. GOD BLESS YOU