“He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.” Rev 22:11 (KJV)
Today seems to be a day of “warning”. Perhaps God is sending a message to me, to someone. Maybe today someone’s cup will fill and once it is full, there is no recourse. Just as Canaan’s cup was full… Just as Sodom and Gomorrah’s cup was full… Just as Babylon’s cup was full, our cup can fill, too, and it will be a sad day, even if you are not aware.
Ezekiel mentions in chapter 18 how a righteous man can take that one moment and begin to live in sin and will be lost forever. All of the righteousness he had prior to that time will not account for him. Consequently, you have that sinful man, who has lived their life in nothing but sin, would have that moment when they’ve decided to turn away from their sinful lives, and will be saved, for all of their sinfulness is forgotten. Can you understand the seriousness of our time?
How do you spend your time? There are only two categories in which it can be spent: either it is involved in sacred activity or it is secular. Now, we’re not meant to spend all of our time in sacred, just as we are not required to spend all of our time in the secular realm. There has to be a balance. Now, for sure, six days were given us to handle all of our secular (work) interests, while the seventh day Sabbath was to be given totally for sacred interests, but when you are nearing the end of your journey, coming close to that time when Christ returns, don’t you feel compelled to offer Him more sacredness during the week with less and less secular holding your interests? I know, I do.
Now, when I awaken, usually from 6 in the morning until about 4 in the evening, I’m pursuing sacredness as I read, research, study and write. My evenings are left for secular activities like games, reading, conversing and music. However, even these are being limited more and more as I’m nearing the end of my life, and drawing closer to the Kingdom. One of my deepest fears was to have died while inhaling on the end of my long-gone crack pipe. Now, when I take my last breath, I want it to have been while, well, what I’m doing right now, writing and witnessing to others. But, none of that matters if that moment is not a continual moment and not a deathbed-type confession. That might have worked for the thief on the cross but there is no guarantee if will work for me or you.
I’ve heard many say, “I’m going to live my life, do what I want to do, and when I am older, THEN, I will serve the Lord.” There’s no guarantee you will live this next second! You may never get older and then what? Are you willing to have allowed these years you did have to be all what you will have, in happiness? Is it really worth it? What is there, in the secular world, which is really worth losing eternal salvation? I can think of nothing, but then again, perhaps that’s because I’m nearing sixty years of life and have practically done all I’ve ever wanted to do; but, this is why I can tell you, none of that means anything. What I have NOW is truly worth it, and my only regret was not having stayed with it during my youth and young adult years. I knew better and am grateful God has allowed me THIS LONG to return to my senses.
Like the “Prodigal Son”, I too sat in that pigsty called “life”, and like the demoniac of Gennesaret, “came to my right mind”, now all I want to do is spend my time with Christ and go home to my Father.
What about you?
June 17, 2015