Concerning End Times, we may have the em-PHA-sis on the wrong syl-LA-ble. Let’s focus on His MOVING rather than His COMING.
27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.
I have always read this verse as a business verse, to which it can certainly be applied. Today, I read it differently in light of my beginning statement. We tend to take an “us against them” approach when we think of evil people. We must remember that WE used to be “evil people.” “At one time, we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures.” Titus 3:3. We must begin to think differently about those around us.
Proverbs 24:10-12 puts our job into perspective. Let’s look:
10 If you falter in a time of trouble,
how small is your strength!
11 Rescue those being led away to death;
hold back those staggering toward slaughter.
12 If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,”
does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?
Does not he who guards your life know it?
Will he not repay everyone according to what they have done?
- What does it mean to falter? For us, it means that we take our eyes off the job we are to do. When things get tough living for Christ, we lean in on Him all the more! In fact, we should pray that God would make us “shine like stars in the heavens” (Philippians 2:15). The implication is that it must be dark before our lights can truly be seen. Let’s not worry about how dark it gets; let’s focus on increasing our light!
- God brings people into our paths everyday for us to influence for Him. Are we paying attention?
- Feigning ignorance just shows that we have been ignoring His commands. Not a good idea!
- Rewards, indeed, are coming, but I don’t think that they will be for what we have traditionally considered rewardable. The works that the LORD is looking for is in terms of OBEDIENCE, especially concerning sharing the Good News with potential followers and encouraging the flock to stay close to the Shepherd.
Jesus IS coming back, but before He does, how about praying for a great outpouring of His Spirit? I see every person I talk to about Christ as a potential catalyst for a great revival. When we cry out to God, let’s make it about lost souls!
Abba, You know my heart. I want more than anything–health, wealth, long life–for You to move mightily in our land. May Your Spirit fall on us in POWER, O LORD! May it not be anything we do, but–all of a sudden–people begin to cry out to You in repentance. Revival starts in the hearts of Your children, Abba, I know this. May we begin to cry out to You in repentance. May You begin a great revival in me today. Have Your way in me. Amen.