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Saturday, February 13, 2010

But God Entrusted us With the Gospel

Tonight as I watched the world news I was reminded of how quickly this world seems to be coming to an end. The weather changes, the ever present, never ending wickedness, the care free attitude that everyone is adopting, and most of all, the things taking place in the area of politics. I thought about what it would be like if God came back within the next year, two years, or five years. It wouldn't just be the end (earthly speaking) for us Christians. It isn't just the beginning of paradise that we will live in with Christ. It isn't just the fulfilment of scriptures. It is the beginning of torture for those who have not excepted Christ.

Looking around at the people I work with, the people I see on TV, and even the people I go to church with, I see a world of people who think they don't need God. I see very smart people who are self sufficient, people who depend on thereselves to get what they want.

These people are accepted for who they are because "everything goes" these days. No one feels condemmed for their way of living because everyone is doing it. The motto of the day seems to be, "Do what feels right." And if they are confronted about the sin in their life, or where they will spend eternity there is always a joke that will push the question away light heartedly.

These thoughts lead me to wonder what good it does to tell others about Christ. Are they listening? Do they care?

As I was thinking about these things while I read my Bible, God showed me 1 Thessalonians 2:4. "But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the Gospel even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts."

I'm afraid most of the people who are living without Christ don't care. American's are not as tender and open towards the Word of God as they use to be. But, God entrusted us with the Gospel. What good is the Gospel going to do if it is hidden in our own home or church? The Word of God needs to be shared no matter who is or isn't listening. Like Paul said, "even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts."

Our preacher mentioned Sunday that the world doesn't believe God is coming back because Christians don't seem to belive it. The world sees no action on our part that would make them believe His return is soon and those who are left behind will face hell. But then I asked myself, do I have some of those character traits I mentioned just now? Do I act like I don't need God? Do I shrug sinful things off like they don't matter?

Even with all these thoughts going through my head, I'm not going to go into work tomorrow and witness to everyone I meet. But I will try to be cheerful, caring, helpful, and God-minded. I need to try to act like the best Christian I can be and mention God's name when I can. It's amazing how little phrases like, "Praise the Lord!" or "Thank God!" make people notice. But above all, I need to try to remember that even if the whole world seems to be ignoring me, I'll still keep serving God because I am to please Him, not others.


Keith and Julie Loveless said...

Amen! Amen! Great post. A reminder to us all that Christ is coming back and that we need to be about our Father's business.

ERICA said...

Wow! Thanks for posting this! We all need a good reminding that the Lord IS coming back soon and we as Christians need to not be so selfish and think of how WE'RE going to heaven, but of how others AREN'T going. My preacher has really been on that subject lately too. He reminds us often (and I'm glad he does) that the world watches us constantly and their waiting for us to mess up. And we need to be like an open Bible for them to see.
But again...thanks for posting this. :)

Belinda Jo Adams said...

Yes, it is nice how God puts those little phrases in through us at just the right time, even if we don't realize it.