For contemplation and consideration:
“He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will He pay him again.” (Proverbs 19:17)
“And the King shall answer and say unto them, ‘Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me’.” (Matthew 25:40)
To say the least, things look pretty shaky for a lot of us these days – both personally and globally.
Where to begin? This may be one of those moments when to shoot straight from the hip seems the best route. So much is being broadcast as to “solutions” via the mind of man, but somehow I don’t think we’re really getting the clear message from “Headquarters” (or is it “Heart-quarters”?)
No, it isn’t about the latest come alongs from the “banksters” with their methods for self preservation of worldly “securities”. It’s not about the latest book on theological perspectives, or all this garbage about Jesus being an E.T. or any other distraction designed to lure us from Earth Mission 1 – being about our Heavenly Father’s business! It’s certainly not about the bogus political solutions being offered by parties and candidates incumbent or those new to the scene.
Meantime the overall health and prosperity of our once great nation, the USA, seems to be dissipating like morning dew. Why might this be – at its deepest root level? What is the real etiology of this drastic and deadly condition? What kinds of seeds have been planted that a harvest of demise and destruction should be reaped? (Check in with 2 Chronicles 7:14 for some clues.)
Could it be that our concern about our own self preservation and comforts – rather than being our brothers’ keeper toward other human beings who live under abject squalor, poverty, terror, and oppression – may have something to do with it?
It may be for lack of information, concerning which the mainstream networks and publications do not inform us. If interested in reliable information, I have resources I’d be happy to share with you.
Hard information leads often to hard questions leading to challenging answers, especially if we call ourselves by the Lord’s name. Have we taken His name in vain, in the sense that we do not live out what He (and by extension the church) stands for on the Earth? He gave up Heaven to bring Heaven to Earth! So – where are we with that in practical terms? Do we seek to be instruments of His peace and Presence, to bring a little bit of Heaven to Earth – especially where people live lives that more resemble hell?
Where is the deep, celestial passion and compassion where we “descend” from our lofty perches of religion to actually intervene in some meaningful way, led by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, as Jesus lived and moved and taught?
Extremely influential religious and political leaders are on the scene, who live as kings in royal splendor and luxury, yet dictate to everyone else, that we are to have our wealth “redistributed” by either threat of religious hell or force of civil law made by lawless lawmakers.
Jesus commented on a very similar problem in His day: “The scribes and the Pharisees have seated themselves in the chair of Moses; therefore all that they tell you, do and observe, but do not do according to their deeds; for they say things and do not do them. They tie up heavy burdens and lay them on men’s shoulders, but they themselves are unwilling to move them with so much as a finger.… (Matthew 23:2-4).
The candidates for upcoming elections represent only what the people want to hear – the self preservation of their own perceptions of the American dream, but not the Way of Jesus Christ.
The question arises: To whom does my heart really belong? Where are my priorities?
Did not He say that friendship with the world is enmity with God? (James 4:4), and again, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” (James 1:27)
Jesus said to the rich young ruler, “One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me. But at these words he was saddened, and he went away grieving, for he was one who owned much property.” (Matthew 10:21,22)
I wonder what the church would look like if we were actually obedient to the Lord’s directives – voluntarily, from the heart, inspired by the Holy Spirit Who chooses us as His temple? Does Jesus not ask, “And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46).
I think we get the drift here… Too much “cheap easy” grace without sanctification? Too much adherence to salvation by ritual formulas? Too much wealth and prosperity teaching – as if God is the big dispenser in the sky – where you put in your two cents worth and out comes the Milky Way?
Seems like the devil has what’s supposed to be Christian reality sewed up in his little bag of lies and half truths… So is it business as usual, sin so that grace may abound? I’d like to believe that not so many are blinded by this anymore, and that many are awakening, asking to be shown the truth about the world we live in, and sincerely asking the Holy Spirit to reveal just exactly how the Father’s business is best specifically served by each one of us.
My prayer is that this awakening occurs all over the world, so that we can stop playing church and become His dynamic Presence on Earth. Somehow at this point, this old hymn comes to mind as an appropriate prayer:
Take my life, and let it be consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days; let them flow in ceaseless praise.
Take my hands, and let them move at the impulse of Thy love.
Take my feet, and let them be swift and beautiful for Thee.
Take my voice, and let me sing always, only, for my King.
Take my lips, and let them be filled with messages from Thee.
Take my silver and my gold; not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect, and use every power as Thou shalt choose.
Take my will, and make it Thine; it shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is Thine own; it shall be Thy royal throne.
Take my love, my Lord, I pour at Thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself, and I will be ever, only, all for Thee.
It’s been said that this is a dangerous prayer… God may take you up on its intention.