So many thoughts have been swirling in my head since I came home from Houston. I had travelled there a couple of days prior to hurricane Harvey’s spiteful arrival to the east coast of Texas. Some of you who know me remember my desperate attempts to get out of the city, yet God continued to close doors, day after day.
I was honored to help with some displaced elderly people, and yes, that definitely opened my eyes to why God had me where I was, but honestly, my eyes were still veiled to the message that Jesus had for me. It wasn’t until I was able to fly home and revisit my morning bible study that God freed my eyes to His Word. (And by bible study, I don’t mean just skimming the Bible’s pages, but to read slowly and with anticipation of God giving us insight and direction).
My morning study was in Luke chapter 12 and 13 where Jesus was giving the disciples six concepts for them to consider as they took the message to unbelievers. He told them they needed to recognize the judgment He would bring to the earth and the judgment He would suffer. He spoke about the division that serving Jesus would bring and how it would affect families and turn them against one another. But what spoke to my heart was the next few points in His message.
Luke 12:54-56, “Then Jesus turned to the crowd and said, “When you see clouds beginning to form in the west, you say, ‘Here comes a shower.’ And you are right. When the south wind blows, you say, ‘Today will be a scorcher.’ And it is. You fools! You know how to interpret the weather signs of the earth and sky, but you don’t know how to interpret the present times.”
Jesus is speaking to the crowd about discerning or interpreting the times. Immediately, I thought about how I was glued to the Weather Channel as Harvey ripped through the state and was amazed at the accuracy of the forecast. They were able to pinpoint where his path of destruction would go and warn those in the way. Here in this passage, Jesus is telling the unbelievers that the time for repentance was running out. They could interpret the signs in the sky with great accuracy but were unable to discern the meaning of Jesus’ ministry. Yikes.
Our time for repentance is running out.
It is so easy to get caught up in our own lives and go about our days without even a mere thought of Christ. And if that is where you are then I urge you to consider your own position in Christ. For the most part the future is a mystery. We don’t know when we will die and we don’t know what tomorrow brings. But once we realize that our life here on earth is just a temporary assignment it should totally transform our values.
What is important to you? What things that are so temporary are you holding onto tightly? Learn from the victims that sat in waist high water for many hours, waiting to be rescued and yet still proclaimed to the world, “God is good.” Understand that God has a purpose behind every problem and every problem is a new character building opportunity.
Trust in the Lord.
Show compassion to those in need.
Be the hands and feet of Jesus.
Let love be your top priority.
One of the most grievous passages in Scripture is in Matthew 7:21-23, “Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, “I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers.”
As I said earlier, I was honored to help with those in Houston that were in need. I posted pictures and gave tearful explanations about what I was doing and how I was reacting to the devastation. However, since I regularly pray for discernment, God basically said to me that the world is not my stage. (Dang it!)
Matthew 6:1-4, “Be especially careful when you are trying to be good so that you don’t make a performance out of it. It might be good theater, but the God who made you won’t be applauding. When you do something for someone else, don’t call attention to yourself. You’ve seen them in action, I’m sure – /playactors’ I call them – treating prayer meeting and street corner alike as a stage, acting compassionate as long as someone is watching, playing to the crowds. They get applause, true, but that’s all they get. When you help someone out, don’t think about how it looks. Just do it – quietly and unobtrusively. That is the way your God, who conceived you in love, working behind the scenes, helps you out.” ~ The Message
I repent. I want to be the hands and feet of Jesus. I want to serve Him without being on a stage for all to see. I want to have a compassionate heart to those in need. We are all chosen. We are chosen to bring the Message of the Gospel to those who are in need.
What has God chosen you to do?
picture via http://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/natural-disasters/hurricanes/