Heed the Call

My mind lately has been filled with thoughts of doom and gloom for this world. I don’t read the news often because I get so sad and down deeply. It is important to keep up with what is going on in society but it’s all so…negative. It’s even harder for me because I am a Christian and what is usually hailed as a step forward to the world, is a step backwards in my view. I shouldn’t be surprised, though. Many won’t understand what I am saying but I hope the ones who have an authentic, biblical worldview will.

I read Psalm 94 today. It is a prayer to God about how the wicked and evil people seem to flourish in this world. The greedy people get what they want, people murder and get away with it, and dreams are trampled under. I am sure non-believers know there is something broken and wrong about this earth. The only difference is the solution. Their solution is not to come to God but to draw closer to man. Why would we want to do that if the sole cause of the problem came through man?

I get tempted to withdraw and watch the world tear itself apart, heading to hell.  But Jesus commanded His followers to preach the gospel. Preach the gospel to the unrepentant, those unwilling to change, those who worship themselves. Even though in the end, God will have His way and execute vengeance on those who did not obey the gospel, the time we have now is precious. Each new day we’re given to breathe and live is only from God’s mercy. I shouldn’t waste that in my life.

While this world is running its course to hell, I hope to do what God called me to do and preach the gospel. Even if one person repented and committed themselves to Christ, it is better than a thousand who believe they are good without God while falling into the abyss.

I’m sure I sound like it’s either God or the devil. Turn or burn. Well, it’s true. Even Jesus said it.

“From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ “ Matthew 4:17

Stand firm, my brothers and sisters in Christ. The war has been won but there are still many battles that need to be fought for the lost souls.

“This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering—since indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you,  and to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels  in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might,  when he comes on that day to be glorified in his saints, and to be marveled at among all who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed. To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Thessalonians 1:5-12