Affected? How you might ask. I'll tell you.
First, and most obviously...I am a mercy. It's how God has wired me and it effects everything in my life. I mean, when I was a child I used to make my mom pull over and let us say some words of respect for the prairie dog that someone hit with their car?! And then God gave me this ministry! Seriously God? WOW! being a mercy may be the precise reason He gave it to me though. I very much can feel others hurts.
A post or two ago I embedded a video clip. A clip that my very good, and Godly friend sent me. She told me of how much it opened her eyes to her own walk, and the tinges of "lukewarmness" in her own life. When I first heard it, I was rocked! It isn't easy to hear. (Which I am pretty sure is a huge reason why the comment section was silent. Not that I have a slew of "followers". It's fine that I don't. I do this blog for me and the few I might be helping. I'm not trying to win a popularity contest or anything.) It always hurts to hear that we might be walking in a less then "disciple" manner before our Lord. But it is intensely wise to examine our walk frequently and clean out parasites and wrong thinking.
So as this message sank in, it hurt no less. That in accompaniment with the book I mentioned by Chan, here , that I am reading, God has been really forcing me to reevaluate what a "Christian" looks like. That title is so thoughtlessly thrown around anymore.
We are called to be aliens.
Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the chief cornerstone. Eph. 2:19-20
We are said to be in the world. But not of it.
But our citizenship is in Heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ. Phil. 3:20
If people were to be honest about how it is you "look" in this place, what would they say about you? Do you look different then everyone else? Or do you fit in? And I am wondering more about those in your sphere of influence that aren't saved. Their opinion will be far less bias, likely.
As I saw the news flash before my eyes this afternoon I was struck in speechless shock as the words unfolded with:
MICHAEL JACKSON DEAD AT 50
All I could think of was: Did he know Jesus?
Then moments later, in that same state of shock:
FARRAH FAWCETT LOST HER BATTLE WITH CANCER TODAY
All I could think of was: Did she know Jesus?
Again...I do not "know" these people, obviously.
But my God does!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
He knows them and loves them. He was there with them before they were ever conceived or ever idled by us fellow humans.
God is moving you guys! He is moving and He wants us to move!
Move out of our comfort zones. Talk to people about our testimony even when it seems like a preposterous moment to do so.
Move from what we know to what we don't know.
Move from what others expect, to what God CAN do.
Move from the obvious, to the thing that takes faith to get there!
Move! Move where He is calling you to go! It isn't always going to make sense!
But what doesn't make sense here, will there!
Sharing Jesus with people that do not know Him will behoove them greatly here, and certainly in the after life. When they are on their death bed, if they get one, as Farrah Fawcett did. Or for those that may not get a death bed, like Michael Jackson. Jesus died for all!
No day is promised.
Share Him with urgency.
Love Him with urgency.
JESUS IS ON HIS THRONE,
AND HE IS COMING SOON!
LET'S GET READY!