We are living in amazing times. We are seeing the Bible unfolding right in front of our eyes. We have been appointed and raised up for such a time as this! Christ could come at any moment. I believe that with all my heart—not because of what I hear on the news, but because of what I read in Scripture. I believe that we are the generation that will see His return.
This made me start thinking about the divisions that exist in the world today. I guess in some ways I have been naive in regards to how the world views Christianity and Christians. I recently had a conversation (on social media) with someone that has a very negative image of us. His opinion was that there is a deep-seated political hatred, racism, and bigotry hidden behind the guise of Christianity. This broke my heart and led me to reflect on the things I post and comment on. People are watching and listening to everything we say and do. How can we ministry to people in love, if we come off callous, judgemental and unforgiving.
Christians, we need to remember that we are Christians first. We represent Jesus and his church. When we speak, it should reflect the priorities and character of our Lord and Savior. We are his ambassadors and sometimes the only Jesus people will ever see. This concern means that we need to take extra care to consider the words we speak in person as well as online.
I love this statement from crossroads church; I think it is worth considering:
“Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.” People who have experienced grace should speak in a way that exhibits grace. Often, we post the first thing that comes to our minds about an issue, don’t read it to see how it sounds, and end up bringing shame upon Christ and his church through our hasty speech. Venting opinions that are not thought out and that insult others is a sign of tremendous foolishness, demonstrates a lack of love for our neighbors, and does not bring honor to Jesus.
Before you post something, read it three or four times. Take a screenshot of it and send it to a friend. Is it kind? Is it accurate? Is it designed for the good of others? Will it negatively impact how other people think of Jesus? excerpt from Crossroads church.
Time is short and the day of the Lord coming for His Church is drawing near. The questions we should ask ourselves is this: Are we prepared? Are we gathering or are we scattering? We know that Christ is the Great Gatherer, and if we do not gather (his people) with Him, He tells us that we are scattering (his people), In other words, we work against Him. The only way we can help Him gather (his people) is by winning souls and fishing for men. We need to redeem the time. We all have a limited time on this earth, which should be fully devoted to God and His service.
“Redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:16).
He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me, scatters Matthew 12:30
35 Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. 36 But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. 37 Then He said to His disciples,“The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. 38 Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” Matthew 9 35-38
I don’t know about you, but I want to be found faithful. I want to be like Isaiah, with my heart saying “Here I am Lord send me!”
I heard the Lord’s voice, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am. Send me.” Isaiah 6:8
The real question, however, is this: Are you ready for Christ’s return? You can be, by turning to Him and putting your faith and trust in Him. Don’t take His warnings lightly, but commit your life without delay to Jesus Christ.
If you have not given your life to Jesus, please consider doing it now: https://thejoyfulchristianministry.com/2017/01/26/prayer-of-salvation/