Friday, February 4, 2011

Like a Thief in the Night

I have my coffee in hand, ...my eyes are squinty. I'm still not fully awake, but let me say this: perhaps in my weakness this morning, God will work through me ;)

It's funny. As of late I really feel like my memory has been getting really bad. I cannot remember people's names, what I did on the weekend. My chiro asked me one Saturday what I was doing in the afternoon and I drew a blank. Either I'm getting older or I just have WAY too much on my mind.

And having said that, on my mind constantly, is this world around me that has never encountered God.

I read the prophecies in the Bible about the coming of the Lord and the end times, and for me it's exciting. However, the more I think about it, the more I realize we're really NOT ready to meet him.

I once had a dream that I was playing outside in an open field. The sky was a little dark, the earth was still and quiet. Moments later I felt this giant pull, like hands were lifting me, or the universe was sucking me up from the earth. Second after second the world was becoming smaller, I saw tiny people, parks, I saw cities, countries... everything getting smaller. I was traveling so fast away from everything that was familiar to me and panic set in. I remember thinking to myself, "NO! I'm not ready... I haven't even told some of my friends about Christ!" But it was too late. My life was over. In the 20 some odd years that I had been alive, I felt so ashamed. So empty. That was it. God had breathed in me life, and had given me his Living word so that I might be changed by it, and share it with others. The question that I woke up with, how dirty was I willing to get? How much danger or persecution was I willing to face, for the sake of spreading the gospel? Or was comfort too important to me?
Take a look at 2 Peter chapter 3.

3 Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. 4 They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.”

This world doesn't believe He will return. They CHOOSE to be ignorant.

10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.[a]

People say, "Well I wouldn't want to serve your God. He's a tyrant, trying to force us to serve Him... and punishes us when we don't. If that's the kind of God you serve I'd rather go to hell"

That statement seems so drastic. I was even hesitant to write it. However, it's a reality for SO many.

Let's keep reading from 2 Peter (going backwards to vs 9)

9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

God is patient with us! He is patient with our unbelief. Do you think God delights in our pain? Our brokeness? Do you know how it feels to have breathed life into man, create an entire world for him only to have him doubt your existence? Do you know how it feels to have your own child taken from you, beaten until he is no longer recognizable, to save people who despise you? Friends, that is the love of God. When love is cut so deep, anger is the fluid that bleeds. That is the best way I can describe God's wrath.

And still, the LORD is patient. He is coming... but he is patient.

Dear Christians, do you love your neighbor enough to tell him about eternal life? Or does it make you uncomfortable because you feel they will think you're strange?

Think about it if you were them. What if you never heard the gospel?

Where would that leave You?

4 comments:

  1. Amy...this was beautiful! Thank you for the reminder, it was a "good" slap in the face :) to really realize there is a world out there, right next door to us, that needs our hands to show them the truth. I was listening to your new music and I love it! So fulfilling and absolutely beautiful. Thank you for shining the light of music and words. Love you & many hugs from across the west.

    ~Amanda Kusicki

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  2. Hey Amanda!
    So good to hear from you. Now I remember how much I miss you! Thank you for taking the time to share, and for your encouragement. God is also using your faith to reach others. Be bold, be strong!
    xo

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  3. It is not always easy to share what we know about how amazing our God is due to the fear of other people's reaction. Unfortunately, many people do not see the value in salvation and in Jesus, and they are the ones who need to hear and be reminded about him. You reminded me that God wants all men to come to repentance. As christians we can sometimes pick and choose who to share the gospel with. Thank you for reminding me of what Jesus wants from us. God bless :)

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  4. Hi Chantal!
    Nice to meet you on here. I appreciate your comment. You are absolutely right! Sometimes we do 'pick and choose'. By His Grace, we can overcome our fears, or insecurities.
    Many blessings to you,
    ...Amy

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