““I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, And find out knowledge and discretion. The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate.”
Proverbs 8:12-13 NKJV
“But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers. And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.”
I Peter 4:7-11 NKJV
The church in America has lost its sense of the imminent return of Jesus. Because of this, we have allowed ourselves to be come lax in our pursuit of the practices that are designed to hone our understanding of God. We have opted for book studies and canned bible studies, rather than mining the depths of the word. As a result, many who call upon the name of the Lord are as cardboard cutouts, having little depth, and virtually no endurance.
This is significant as we are nearing the end of all things, and may well be in the midst of it even now, evidenced by the continual devolving of our world right before our eyes.
Having followed a rabbit trail into I Peter, I was reminded of what needs to be the position of the follower of Jesus in these late days. I like the way the passage begins, as we are cautioned to be watchful in our prayers. I am an intercessor, and I seek the Lord daily to know how I ought to pray for each person. I call on Him, because He knows all.
As I pray, I am ever aware that the Lord is coming soon.
In places where following Jesus is dangerous, those who count themselves as those who have been saved, live daily as Christians under pressure, facing the prospect of the imminent return to Jesus, or their imminent death for their faith, and their appearance before the throne.
We are in a time when we need to have a sense of what we call this Christian faith, and why we choose to believe. We need to build up our knowledge of our Creator, poring over the Scriptures, gaining an understanding of who we preach.
Knowledge gives prudence, as we know how to speak rightly of our Great God. Ours is not a passing fancy, hot for awhile, and then gone, but it is an enduring faith, that stretches into eternity. Everything we say has eternal consequence, whether for us, for those who will hear.
Brothers and sisters, let no words come from you that are tainted by personal pride or conceit. Though you may have been saved, remember that you were once sinners, caught up in the same struggles as those who you may look down upon today.
Within the walls of the church, let us be about building each other up, having “fervent love” for one another. The world is pointing fingers at us, accusing us of all manner of evil. Let the place of worship be a sanctuary, where believers can congregate and build one another up, being strengthened to face the battle engaged daily in the world.
In the coming days, months, or perhaps years, we the church will see a reality no unlike the first century church saw, as we will be as foreigners in our native land. Let us have heart where we care for each other and build each other up, that we be empowered to go and share the Gospel.
“Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common. And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all. Nor was there anyone among them who lacked; for all who were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold, and laid them at the apostles’ feet; and they distributed to each as anyone had need.”
Acts 4:32-35 NKJV
The Lord Jesus left us a Helper in the Holy Spirit, who has equipped all of us to minister to the body in some way. He have given me the gift of encouragement through prayer. Let each of is minister to each other as the Lord has supplied, that the fruit of that ministry be great.
May we use the time wisely, leading many to Jesus, as the imminency of our Lord should guide all that we do.
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