This week my heart’s been crying out for all the people who are looking for happiness in all the wrong places. How people are so lost and they don’t have any idea where to find what they’ve been looking for all their lives. This is nothing new under the sun. When you read through the Bible you realize that people were acting exactly the same way thousands of years ago.
Don’t be naive. There are difficult times ahead. As the end approaches, people are going to be self-absorbed, money-hungry, self-promoting, stuck-up, profane, contemptuous of parents, crude, coarse, dog-eat-dog, unbending, slanderers, impulsively wild, savage, cynical, treacherous, ruthless, bloated windbags, addicted to lust, and allergic to God. They’ll make a show of religion, but behind the scenes they’re animals. Stay clear of these people.(2 Tim 3:1-5, MSG)
Life is serious business. C.S.Lewis guides us this way: “Our leisure, even our play, is a matter of serious concern. There is no neutral ground in the universe: every square inch, every split second, is claimed by God and counterclaimed by Satan.”
This week my heart’s been also rejoicing seeing how people are radically embracing the call to follow Christ. My heart’s been rejoicing because these people are losing everything for Christ and by doing so they’re gaining everything. They’ve found what they’ve been looking for all their lives. They’ve found that Jesus is the answer for everything. Just like C.S. Lewis has said “Look for yourself and you will find loneliness and despair. But look for Christ and you will find Him and everything else”.
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.(1 Cor. 1:18, NIV)
Where do you stand? Have you found what you’ve been looking for? Have you chosen your side? Do you know the power of God?
We pray for all the people who are lost
and don’t know you.
May they hear you calling their names
and have courage to turn back to you.
Give us all strength to hang on to your saving grace.
Give us all courage to radically follow you.
Give us peace to choose you day after day.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: Where do you stand? Have you found what you’ve been looking for? Have you chosen your side? Do you know the power of God?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you fight a good fight of the faith day by day.
Photo courtesy of Mary Brascia