Jesus says in Luke 21:33, “Heaven and earth will disappear, but My words will never disappear.” Stop and allow God to speak to your heart with this truth. This truth should instill a thirst for the scriptures. So much so, that you drink them in regularly with an open heart that desires to receive His spiritual food that enriches your soul as well as change your heart so you take on His image.
Why does God give us salvation through His Son, and put us through a sanctification process? Continue reading in Luke 21, looking at verses 34-36, “Watch out! Don’t let your hearts be dulled by carousing and drunkenness, and by the worries of this life. Don’t let that day catch you unaware, like a trap. For that day will come upon everyone living on earth. Keep alert at all times, and pray that you might be strong enough to escape these coming horrors and stand before the Son of Man.”
The day that Jesus is referring to is the end times when Jesus returns as the Lion who will judge the earth for its sins. Every human being is a part of this judgment unless you receive God’s gift of salvation through Christ. Since no one knows when this day will be, God calls those who have been set apart by the blood of Christ to live ready and waiting for His return. You are to be alert to the Holy Spirit’s leading so your heart doesn’t become dulled. What are some ways, according to these verses, that causes your heart to become sleepy and apathetic? What worries of this life consume you?
Jesus also says to not let this day catch you unaware. In Zephaniah 1:5-6, you learn how a heart becomes trapped where God gets pushed to the side. God does not share your heart with anyone or anything else, and He wants you to keep Him as your first love. “For they (believers) go up to their roofs and bow down to the sun, moon, and stars. They claim to follow the Lord, but then they worship (little ‘g’ gods) too. I will destroy those who used to worship Me but no longer do. They no longer ask for the Lord’s guidance or seek My blessings.” When this happens, it is a travesty.
Think about this quote from Ashley Morgan Jackson, “What if the enemy shows up less with pitchforks, and more with comfort zones?”
American Christians are revealing such a travesty. Believers in the United States have comfort zones available to them 24/7. It is easy to forget that God has called believers to be set apart from the world, to live in a different way where those who have not received Christ as their Lord and Savior will see His light within them and maybe they would want Him too.
There is a shifting of priorities that is causing a distortion in how believers should be living, and this shifting is dulling Christ’s light. Think about this quote from @Proverbs_31life, “The same men who couldn’t pray one hour, were able to fish all night. Priorities matter.” Read Luke 22:39-46, it gives reference to this quote.
Ponder this from @this.luminous.life, “If a non-Christian looks at you and sees someone that is like everyone else in the world, do you really point them to Christ? Being a lukewarm Christian means lacking conviction and showing little enthusiasm. Being indifferent about God’s Word. Loving Jesus just enough to satisfy yourself but not enough to give your your whole self to Him. It means compromising with the world. You can’t be lukewarm. You must be on fire for the Lord. Be in the Word. Stick to the truth. Pray constantly Share the gospel! Teach your kids and make disciples. Set yourself apart from the world. Submit to God’s will. Love Jesus with everything you have.”
It’s time that every mature believer remembers back to when they first became a Christian, and ask God to awaken their sleepy hearts and regain the zeal that they once had. What do you need to strip off so the Spirit can refresh you with an eternal renewal? Read Ephesians 4:20-24 and ask God to reveal the dullness lurking within you.
There is a lost world that desperately needs the hope of Christ. God uses His children, those of us who have experienced His love and sacrifice, to be His light. He uses us to lead people home to Him. We are unusable when we live with divided hearts. We hurt the gospel when we live for two worlds instead of one. When the lost remain uninterested, that is the greatest tragedy.
Let’s walk united in love and show this dying world the love of Christ!