A reminder for today
You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. (2 Timothy 3:1)
We live in strange times. Technology is so advanced and we live in an amazing digital age. Yet, the world is in turmoil. People are destructive and there is more and more violence all over the world. People are killed every day for no reason. I am just looking at Sweden and the US, but here in South Africa 14 farmers has been brutally killed in the last two months. The world seems to be on a downhill path. Our budget speech revealed that we will pay more tax and there is a ridiculous increase on fuel. Everything is getting more expensive and it seems as if people are oblivious to this. They just carry on as if nothing is wrong. Paul wrote here that in the last days there would be difficult times and we are definitely in those times. The day of the Lord is getting closer and closer. Are you ready? Is your bags packed and all your stuff straightened out with the Lord?
The hardest thing for me is that so many of us see this and yet we continue to be as self-absorbed in our own little bubble that we are blind. We can see that the time is nearing that the Lord is going to return, but we remain selfish and we continue to idolize ourselves.
What can I say but to remind you that none of this is about us. It is not about how good you are or how much you have or how successful you are. It is not about the car you drive or the house you live in. It is not about your clothes that you wear nor is it how amazing you thing you are.
It is all about God. Moreover, if you cannot put yourself aside and be more like Him and less like the worldly fool we sometimes are, you are in trouble. It is time that we start living a live where Jesus is first and we are last. A life where you show love and respect. A life that takes other in consideration and a life that is not build on your own needs, but the needs of other and how you can show Jesus. We must change our focus from us to Jesus and start to fix up our lives and the areas where we lack Holiness.
The time is now. Do not be the bridesmaids that fell asleep and was caught off guard when the groom arrived. "At midnight they were roused by the shout, 'Look, the bridegroom is coming! Come out and meet him!' "All the bridesmaids got up and prepared their lamps. Then the five foolish ones asked the others, 'Please give us some of your oil because our lamps are going out.' "But the others replied, 'We don't have enough for all of us. Go to a shop and buy some for yourselves.' "But while they were gone to buy oil, the bridegroom came. Then those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was locked. Later, when the other five bridesmaids returned, they stood outside, calling, 'Lord! Lord! Open the door for us!' "But he called back, 'Believe me, I don't know you!' "So you, too, must keep watch! For you do not know the day or hour of my return. (Matthew 25)
Lord, I pray for all who read your blog today and I ask that you help us to get rid of the stuff that keeps us from completely living for you. I pray that you guide us so that we can be a light for you and influence those that are lost so that we can have more prepared for your return. Help us to remain focussed on you and live a life that glorifies you. Let us wear your amour and lead your people back to you. In Jesus name.
Have an awesome day dear friend of Jesus.