All my life I have been called certain things because of my personality. I am not the sweetest gal in the room or most soft spoken. Quite the contrary, but I am learning to control my need to interject in a conversation that I am passionate about.
I have learned to sometimes sit quietly and let everyone in the room direct the conversation where they want it to go. When a student is ready….as the saying goes….my words will be more useful. I like to think I am a teacher at heart. I always wanted to be on.
Instead, I will “PRAY” for so and so….or this and that….if it was a subject that I didn’t feel I got to participate in. Five people talking all at once in a room is not something I find enjoyable. I fade out and start daydreaming.
It seems the only conversations worth having these days and as I get older, the ones I care about the most….are those centered around my faith and all things spiritual leading to my Savior.
Meaningless…everything else is meaningless. (Ecclesiastes)
The biggest concern I have, and what is constantly on my mind, is the hope that all my loved ones and friends find Jesus. ETERNAL LIFE exists in all of us. We are body…mind and spirit as we have been created, by our CREATOR. Where we spend our eternity is to be determined by the one choice we must make. God gives us free will.
Will we choose LIFE….in Jesus, to live with his eternal, starting the day we make this decision. Will we choose DEATH…by rejecting Him and the sacrifice he made on the cross for us all, to spare us from eternal death in the fires of hell, apart from God…alone, not ever to see loved ones, constant pain and agony. It seems to me an obvious decision. The sad thing is, so many are deceived.
If I knew there was no punishment for sin, I would not worry either about what comes of me after I die. The way I live my life today would have no consequences. Live today for tomorrow I die….so what! But after death there is a tomorrow…and many more after throughout eternity, which has no end.
The biggest grief I bare is the burden of those in my family and among my friends and neighbors who do not know Jesus or want to make a decision to put their trust in Him. They say religion and politics are two subjects we don’t talk about. Really? In our times I would say they are the most important topics to talk about.
I am so glad God has taught us to pray, encourages us to pray and hears our prayers. “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (James 5:16) Sometimes it is all I can do. God is always at work. I pray he sends workers to share His word with my unbelieving loved ones if I can’t reach them.
WE ALL are body……soul…..and SPIRIT! Jesus was/is body (when he came to us in the flesh), soul (who he is personally) and SPIRIT (where he is now in the Spiritual world….unseen, yet present….everywhere….OMNIPRESENT). I am no pastor or theologian, so correct me if I am getting something miscued here.
Where do you want to spend eternity? We have a choice. God is gracious to allow us (FREE WILL) to make that choice. I know that heaven will be a beautiful place. There will be peace and love and light beyond our human understanding. It is where I hope to have all my children, grandchildren and future generations in my family to spend time with me there. I want my friends and neighbors to join me there….those strangers I do not know. All mankind is invited…yet,
MORE REJECT CHRIST…than want to follow HIM.
All I can do is pray God equips myself and others to be bold, have courage and give us a burden for others so we will share the Gospel with them, willingly and without hesitation. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God. Read it to you grandchildren.
Christian messages on the radio, christian music, listening to Christian pastors and speakers is all good. God can use that. Just so they are being fed in the Spirit every day….or the cares and worries of the world will not allow the seed to grow.
It matters what we say to those around us who are perishing. It may not make us popular in some circles. You may find yourself becoming lonelier and lonelier but I promise you, you will draw closer and grow closer to THE ONE who has loved you even before you were born.
Someone needs to tell them…..those going down the wrong path.
Someone needs to tell them…..those trying to find joy in all the wrong places.
Someone needs to tell them…..if you die today….who will tell them?
How beautiful upon the mountains Are the feet of him who brings good news, Who proclaims peace, Who brings glad tidings of good things, Who proclaims salvation, Who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!” (Isaiah 52:7-NKJV)