This world is moving speedily toward its end and there is a lot going on around us that confirms things are changing—just as Jesus said they would in the last days. We are surrounded in escalating crime, horrendous acts of anti-Semitism, growing starvation and poverty, and uncontrollable immorality that is sponsored and promoted in every facet of the media around us. If ever there was a time when the gospel of Jesus and His hope of salvation needed to be heard, it’s now! But how will the people hear it if we don’t tell them?
“And Jesus answered and said to them: ‘Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.’”—Matthew 24:4-8
It seems that God is no longer at the heart of man and that the world is living just as Jesus said it would in Matthew 24:38-39: “For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.” The world has deliberately removed God out of the schools, away from public gatherings, far from the work place and sadly, even from the church. It’s not that God is not present or that He doesn’t see because God is very present and He does see; it’s that the people of the world don’t want Him in their lives, and too many Christians are weak and won’t take a stand for God.
Hundreds of thousands of people struggle every day for survival as storms and unusual weather happenings attack nations around the globe with a vengeance. People have drifted far away from God, yet they are quick to say that if there was a God, then he’s a god of hate because He’s not doing anything to help them. Too many people don’t know Jesus and their lives are ending in torment because they don’t know that He can and will help them. But again, He has been told to stay out of their lives.
How will these people know who God is if we don’t tell them? The burden is on Christians! It’s not on televangelists or in modern-day doctrines, or in churches that prefer to glorify people instead of God. The onus to preach the gospel and to show Jesus to the people is on the Christians! When we were saved, we repented of our sins, turned from the world’s ungodly nature and followed Jesus. We were filled with His Spirit—the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead! And this was because we need God in us to live and to give us the ability to share His truth with others.
“But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.”—Romans 8:11
When God created the garden of Eden, He walked with Adam and Eve there until they rebelled, and then He left because God is Holy, and sin (and all people who are filled with sin) cannot be in the presence of His Holiness. Then when Jesus came, God’s Spirit lived in Him so that once again, God was able to walk on the earth and communicate with people. Then when Jesus died and rose from the dead and returned to Heaven, He sent His Spirit to live in all Christians. And the very first people who His Spirit came to live in were the disciples on the Day of Pentecost.
“When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord[a] in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”—Acts 2:1-4
Peter tells us that when we become Christians, God’s Holy Spirit comes to live in us, too. Why? Because it’s only through His Holy Spirit that we can study the Bible and know the truth and preach the truth. It’s only through His Spirit that we can worship God in truth, and that we can be the vessels of God in this world.
“Then Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’”—Acts 2:38
Yet, while many Christians love the Lord and are filled with His Spirit, few are really out there sharing and teaching and preaching and guiding others. Many feel that this is the job of the pastor, but it’s not. The pastor’s job is to keep his congregation loving and serving Christ. And not just so they can have a fruitful and prosperous life, but so that they can be the soldiers who go forth in the darkness of this world and fight for Christ! It’s a congregation of people who preach and share the love of God with all of those around them. It’s a congregation of people who will stand for righteousness and not back down, who will speak up and defend the integrity of God and who will fight for His truth to prevail!
We have to stand up now and fight before the world gets any worse. And the truth is that Christians must share the blame for our country becoming so distant from God. When sin began to rise up, we shut up and said nothing. We didn’t want to make a spectacle of ourselves. We wanted to remain quiet in our little corner of the world, while we complained and talked about it behind closed doors. We did not have the boldness to stand up and refute it, and because of this, sin has past us and taken over everything that we held dear. If Christians had fought at the onset of the mention of abortion, we wouldn’t have thousands of innocent babies being murdered LEGALLY every day. We wouldn’t have the stench of immorality all around us because we would have taken a stand before it got to this point. We wouldn’t have a sex education in our public schools—that we all now cringe at—that teaches our children that being gay is normal and that sexual activity is part of life outside of marriage.
It’s not too late, though. We still have time to pray diligently for our nation and for the protection of the Jewish nation. As long as we have today, we still have time to take a stand for Christ. If we can’t get out and preach, then we can support prayerfully and financially a ministry that does. We can speak up whenever possible, be a helping hand, be an encouragement, and be ready to share the gospel of Jesus wherever we go, without reservation and without shame. But we need to do it NOW because our time is running out and Jesus is about to return. If the people of this world don’t see God in us now, they won’t see Him at all until they face Him on Judgment Day!
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.”—Psalm 19:14
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