“But the Lord is the only true God.” (Jeremiah 10:10a NLT)
In the days in which we live you’re in a vast minority to believe there is only one God. And an even greater minority to believe that Jesus is the only way to heaven. Why is that?
I’m certainly no expert in the history of the world, but I know enough to recognize some of the critical periods in history that changed the course of man forever. One was the Dark Ages where those who were supposedly “godly” defiled everything it meant to be a person of God. Then the proverbial pendulum swung the other way to the so-called Age of Enlightenment when anyone and anything of God was despised and discounted. Christians were martyred and churches and Bibles were burned.
The foundational principles upon which the United States of America were originally based were taken from God’s Word. And, while the men who put their lives on the line for a democratic society, including religious freedom, held strongly to Biblical truths and principles, there’s little to show for their efforts today. What’s my point?
God hasn’t changed! He’s the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). So, what’s changed? I have. You have. The issue with which we must wrestle today isn’t what’s happened to the world around us. The world is following a very predictable and expected road to perdition. The most glaring problem in America today isn’t the local or federal government. It isn’t the Colleges, Universities, or lower systems of education. It isn’t even healthcare or the Welfare system. It’s me and you who claim to know and love and serve the God of the Bible – the One true and living God – but our lives look so much like everyone else’s no one can see the difference, at least not enough difference to ask us any questions about why we live the way we do, and for Whom.
And even as I write, the Lord is cautioning me. The truth is, I can’t speak for you. I can only speak for myself. I must do more to make the God of the Bible known. I must live my life in greater and greater submission to the authority of the only true and living God so that those who know me; those who read these posts; those with whom I serve at church; those in my neighborhood and with whom I have contact throughout my day; and especially, those in my own family and circle of close friends, MUST know Whom I serve and why!
I must stop following the ways of the world in my appetites for entertainment, recreation, hobbies, possessions, in short, ANYTHING that is unlike Jesus or pushes me away from His holy standard of conduct in speech, thought, and action. Yet, I don’t want to be seen as the proverbial “holier than thou.”
I want to be more like my wife. Love is her first “language.” Compassion is who she is. Jesus is more evident in her than most anyone I know. She doesn’t have to think about whether the Lord is leading her to give help or show mercy to someone, He’s given her instincts and special senses that enable her to know who He wants her to serve, when, and how. Of course, she’s not perfect, but she’s about as close as anyone I know on this earth.
How will the world ever change? The same way the world changed after Jesus came. One person at a time. Will you allow the Lord to put on your heart ONE PERSON who needs Jesus to whom you can reach out this week? My wife is doing her part. I want to do my part. My precious sister is seeking to do her part. My niece and nephew are seeking to do their part. I know in my spirit that there are many doing their part. Will you do your part?
Put your “YES” on the table! Just tell the Lord: “Whatever You want, whenever You want it, I’m in!” Let’s start, by God’s grace and with His help, to chip away, one person at a time, at the degrading results of sin in our families, neighborhoods, communities, and cities to the glory and fame of the One True God of the Bible.
Let’s live with such conviction and determination to love and honor Jesus that others want to know, love and serve Him too. It starts with prayer!
Blessings, Ed 😊
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This post is amazing! I have always tried to be a true follower of Jesus by example but, I have to say, I don’t always put our Savior first. like you said, Pastor Ed, it all begins with prayer.