Well here’s a big welcome to yet another December.
I love this time of year because it’s when we celebrate the Father’s birthday.
I love to see all the pretty lights,and sometimes even the pretty trees if I happen to see one in one of the casinos here. You know the casinos get into the Holiday Decorating too, just as much as the houses do.
Although Christmas has been commercialized, the fact that so many people decorate, and sometimes go to extreme lengths in their decorating, It reminds me that the spirit of Christmas is still alive. The memory of God’s perfect gift is still with us. Peace and goodwill towards all men.
And in the face of so many lives being lost this week, peace is such a rare thing these days. So many families are missing loved ones because of a few men who decide that evil is the best gift towards the world. Of course, any Christian would see the sharp contrast between good and evil. My hope is that many more will wake up to the reality that life is not always a rainbow.
We can be Christians on a joyful cloud. We have to be in the world today, because we know where, and inÂ WhomÂ our joy lies. But we also must face reality. Jesus said that we would enter into times of trouble…times of poverty, trials, tribulation, times of death.
This is why our Christian witness to the world is so important today. It’s really not about Christmas being about who’s got the best prices on that new phone, or Xbox…etc..
What it’s all about is who’s got the Spirit of the Lord upon them. A Spirit that will go out and preach the Kingdom of God on the street corner, bring the REAL GOOD NEWS to all men, women and children. The news that a baby, born in a manger, has come to save the world from all these evil, mindless robots that are set on doing the devil’s worship, and that the only way to defeat the devil is to continually expose him to a brand of brimstone and hell’s fire the likes of which satan thought didn’t exist anymore.
It’s a fantasticÂ thought that the only gift that will ever truly satisfy any soul, for years to come is Jesus. But it’s sad to think that it is Jesus who will be the only gift that is left unwrapped for what could be eternity. Jesus doesn’t want to be something that is left on the shelf inside your pretty home. Jesus wants to be taken out to the streets…to the people who have no name written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
Jesus came into the world as a shepard…to seek the lost. If this generation keeps going the way it’s been going it will never be found. It’s up to the people of God to stop caring so much about what they can put or take from under the Christmas tree. There’s a world out there that has heard about Jesus, they haven’t heard from Jesus.
They haven’t heard from the people of God. God’s trumpets, God’s clarion call.
I’m reminded daily that thousands are perishing, and that it’s our job as instruments of the Lord, to save many more souls than we thought we had to. Every day another cop ends up shooting to death another soul in Chicago. Is one life lost, or are there two? Both are victims of violence: one because he has to be, the other because he wants to be.
The terrorists are doing their jobs…they are pronouncing death to millions throughout the world, and now they are homing in on our country. One by one they are snuffing out each and every light.
IT’S TIME TO LET OUR LIGHT SHINE OUT IN THIS DARK WORLD.
If we love God, we must be bearers of the Way, The Truth, and the Life. We have to be Bearers of The Light. We must do so NOW! Tomorrow another lost soul is going to die.
God, I am sure, hasÂ heard enough of the gospel ofÂ love and grace within the church. Yes, we all know about grace. But there is a time when the grace of God has to mingle with the vengeance of God. It’s time to stop playing with God’s word and actually work it out!
Are you willing to be God’s trumpet?
Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, HereÂ amÂ I; send me. Isaiah 6:8