Luke and The Lost
The biggest sin that probably breaks God’s heart the most in our world today is the inability to make a decision with commitment to follow through and stick with it. Tony Campolo said, “We don’t even sin passionately anymore!” “Make up your mind!” He was not encouraging sin but pointing out that no one seems to be able to say yes or no to God. We spend all our efforts in trying to stay in the middle.
When our children are standing in line to make a choice about buying something they want, we get impatient and irritated when they stammer around and delay the choice. How much more so must God be when we won’t make and choice and commit to His best for us! But, He won’t force our decision as parents sometimes do. He offers then waits for us to decide. Oh, what a patient God we have!
To God, not making up our minds and sticking with it IS a decision to not follow Him and be saved. Jesus teaches followers that even when people around you say the sky is falling, like Chicken Little shouted, “make up your rind right now not to worry about it.” If we say a heart felt Yes to God, He will always take care of us. What a promise! It’s time to make up our minds….right now? There are only two choices. There is no middle. Yes or No. Who do you choose?
Luke 21, The Message
Watch Out for Doomsday Deceivers
5-6 One day people were standing around talking about the Temple, remarking how beautiful it was, the splendor of its stonework and memorial gifts. Jesus said, “All this you’re admiring so much—the time is coming when every stone in that building will end up in a heap of rubble.”
7 They asked him, “Teacher, when is this going to happen? What clue will we get that it’s about to take place?”
8-9 He said, “Watch out for the doomsday deceivers. Many leaders are going to show up with forged identities claiming, ‘I’m the One,’ or, ‘The end is near.’ Don’t fall for any of that. When you hear of wars and uprisings, keep your head and don’t panic. This is routine history and no sign of the end.”
10-11 He went on, “Nation will fight nation and ruler fight ruler, over and over. Huge earthquakes will occur in various places. There will be famines. You’ll think at times that the very sky is falling.
12-15 “But before any of this happens, they’ll arrest you, hunt you down, and drag you to court and jail. It will go from bad to worse, dog-eat-dog, everyone at your throat because you carry my name. You’ll end up on the witness stand, called to testify. Make up your mind right now not to worry about it. I’ll give you the words and wisdom that will reduce all your accusers to stammers and stutters.
16-19 “You’ll even be turned in by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends. Some of you will be killed. There’s no telling who will hate you because of me. Even so, every detail of your body and soul—even the hairs of your head!—is in my care; nothing of you will be lost. Staying with it—that’s what is required. Stay with it to the end. You won’t be sorry; you’ll be saved.
What do we learn?
–Make up our minds right now Who we will listen to and worship.
–When called upon to witness, He will give us the words to say.
–He knows us, love us and will care for us.
–Stay with it. That is what is required.
–We won’t be sorry, we will be saved…forever.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Forgive us our sin of trying to sit in the middle of this great decision, trying to please all people all the time and also wanting to please you. We know that this does not work. Just being nice and kind doesn’t cut it either. I give all my life, everything that you created in me, back to You. I’m Yours, Lord. Everything I have and everything I am is Yours. I’m not turning back, because I know you won’t let me go. Thank you for caring for me in this life as I look forward to the next life eternal with You. Great are you, Lord!
In Jesus Name, Amen. I believe.