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Monday, 25 April 2016

U is For...



U is for Urgency. While the Bible doesn’t specifically use the word ‘urgent’ or ‘urgency’ in any of its scriptures, the idea is certainly implied. Take a look:
Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, like servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him.  It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. Truly I tell you, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them. It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the middle of the night or toward daybreak. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. (Luke 12, 35-40)
What I mean, brothers and sisters, is that the time is short. …this world in its present form is passing away. (1 Corinthians 7:29a, 31b)
As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.
 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. (Matthew 24:38-44)
'In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ (Acts 2:17-21)
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people. (2 Timothy 3:1)
Yikes! Do these verses not spark a sense of urgency among those who follow Christ? We do not know the day or the hour when He will come for His church. It is not His desire that any should perish (be eternally separated from Him), but that all might experience eternal life in His presence. Unfortunately, we know that many will be lost. But our ‘mission’ remains the same – to tell others about the good news. If you don’t know what this good news is, please visit this website; it explains it very clearly.

Please don’t be left out or left behind.

Today’s prayer: God, help us to live as if each day were our last, but also to be prepared for tomorrow. May we know the gift of salvation and our hearts be in tune with Yours. Help us to share the good news of Jesus. We know that if we are ashamed of the gospel, You will be ashamed of us. In this spiritually hostile climate, we can be fearful; please cast out our fear with Your perfect love. Help us not to fear what man can do to us, but to obey your commands, remembering that if God is for us, who can be against us? Blessed be the name of the Lord.

2 comments:

  1. I love the first line of your prayer! Very apt. We tend to get lazy and slack and always need reminders of the urgency of the Good News.
    P.S. - Am proud of you for striving on with the Challenge! Take all the time you need to.

    Barbara from Life & Faith in Caneyhead

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    1. Thanks for your continuing encouragement around the challenge, Barbara! It helped spur me on. My report shows up Thursday :)

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