Tuesday, October 5, 2010

On the Fence? - October 5, 2010

Revelation 3:14-19 (The Message)
14Write to Laodicea, to the Angel of the church. God's Yes, the Faithful and Accurate Witness, the First of God's creation, says:

15-17"I know you inside and out, and find little to my liking. You're not cold, you're not hot—far better to be either cold or hot! You're stale. You're stagnant. You make me want to vomit. You brag, 'I'm rich, I've got it made, I need nothing from anyone,' oblivious that in fact you're a pitiful, blind beggar, threadbare and homeless.

18"Here's what I want you to do: Buy your gold from me, gold that's been through the refiner's fire. Then you'll be rich. Buy your clothes from me, clothes designed in Heaven. You've gone around half-naked long enough. And buy medicine for your eyes from me so you can see, really see.

19"The people I love, I call to account—prod and correct and guide so that they'll live at their best. Up on your feet, then! About face! Run after God!

The time has come that all of us have to make a decision. We need to decide whether or not we will be "sold out" for Jesus Christ. Whether or not we will follow the path of obedience that God has called us to, and if we will be true Christians. Too often many are Christians in name only; it has become "fashionable" in some circles to go through the motions. We go to a church and smile at others across the pew, but our hearts are not focused on giving it all up for God.

We hang in Christain circles and do things that Christains do, but as soon as we are faced with a little opposition, we quickly find ourselves conforming to the world. Our language and actions away from church and our Christian friends is different, and when it comes to work or when we are with our non-Christain friends, it is all too easy to forget what we how we have been called to live. We find ourselves looking more like one serving the world than God.

Jesus calls us to make a statement; he wants us to stand up for him. Not that we can't enjoy life and what it has to offer, but we have to be easily recognized as one who has been called to follow the Savior. Do you stand out in the crowd as being different? Do other around you know what you believe? Do you try to be an example for others to follow that will bring glory to the Father? Are people guarded around you because you do not "conform to the pattern of this world"(Romans 12:2)? Do others respect you and seek to ask you questions about your faith in Jesus?

It is time for us all to make an assessment of where we are with Christ. It is time to "get off of the fence" and declare ourselves one way or another. Either we live a life pleasing to God and try to share that life with those around us, or we go back to what we were before. We need to "clothe" ourselves in the Holy Spirit, and show the world around us that Jesus has all the answers. The time is coming for us to take a stand. What will you do?

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