Tuesday, January 3, 2012

We Are His Light In a Dark World

As 2012 came rolling in this year, I couldn't help but feel excited and happy to be alive, but i am also looking  for the coming of Jesus Christ!  I never would have believed it possible that the world could ever get so turned around as it is now. It seems that everything we used to think of as right is now so wrong.  Governments are legalizing abominations, children are being murdered  as a form of birth control in the millions, people are more concerned with the rights of abused animals then they are the rights of children and the elderly.  Churches are taking down their crosses so they don't offend anyone,  and different religions are merging with other faiths to form a coexist movement.  It is like the world has gone crazy before our very eyes.  I can tell you that I am so happy that I belong to Jesus Christ in a world that is so lost.

 As a Christian living in 2012 I feel honored that the Lord chose each one of us to live in these times.  He makes no mistakes and I got to thinking, what if each one of us shared Jesus with someone every week during this year?  We could share what Jesus has done in our life or invite them to church with us so that they would have the chance to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  The Lord could change the world!  As I was reading the Word where it talks about the Great Commission in Matthew 28 Jesus commanded us to go out in the world and share the Gospel with every nation.  For a very long time I thought we had to share the Gospel  with every person, but we don't.  I believe that every nation has been reached with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.That got me very excited and then I felt the Holy spirit giving me a burden for sharing Jesus.

It will take a commitment from each one of us this year, to be doing our Father's work. I got this card from Harvest Ministries and I loved it so much I decided to make it my New Years Resolution.   Commit to read the Bible and spend time meditating on His Word each day (Joshua 1:8).  Commit to pray through out your day with a thankful heart just waiting to hear a word from the Lord (Psalms 55:17).  Commit to obey the prompting of the Holy Spirit and when the Lord speaks to us through His Word (Acts 5:29).  Commit to worship the Lord in public and private (Psalm 66:4).   Commit to Forgive others, extending grace to those who wronged you.  Remember that forgiveness is a choice (Ephesians 4:32).  Commit to Fellowship with other believers often (not just on Sunday's) for mutual encouragement, edification, and accountability (Hebrews 10:24-25).  Commit to Serve God by serving others - giving your time in ministry - with an eternal perspective (Mark 10:44-45).  Commit to value others by making relationships a priority.  Treat strangers as friends, friends as family and family as your treasures (Galatians 5:14).  and lastly Commit to share what Jesus Christ has done for you, and what He has done for them (Mark 16:15).

When I read all of those I thought whew that is some commitments to the Lord!!!!  How will I be able to do this.  I could put little reminders all over the house on post its about all of the wonderful things that Jesus has done for me and different scriptures that will help me to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ without stumbling.  I have to really want to do this.  Then I remembered the greatest gift that the Lord sent to us after Jesus ascended into Heaven.  He sent us His Holy spirit and each one of us who has accepted Jesus into our heart has the Holy Spirit living inside of us!! I can't think of anyone better to share Jesus through me.  I will just be still and allow Him to share the love of Jesus through me.  I know that He will equip me with everything I need.

When I was praying this weekend I though that I would like to be like David and be a woman after God's own heart.  I can't think of a better way to do that then to take care of His sheep.  If I get mocked or laughed at for sharing Jesus, I have to press on and not give up.  The funny thing about Christian women is we are strong.  When all of the Apostles ran away from Jesus except for John, the women never did.  They walked behind Him on His way to the cross, they were at the cross when He took on all of the sins of the world and then when he breathed His last breath as He died on that cross. They were the ones that made his body ready for burial and wrapped him in the burial cloths, and they were the ones that came to His tomb that first Sunday morning and found that He was not there.  He had Risen!!!

So I am going to challenge all of you mighty men and women of the Lord.  We are living in the last days and our primary concern should be to share the love and gift of salvation with as many people as we can. Lets really commit to it. Ask people to come to your churches and youth groups.  People are hungry for the truth. When we get to Heaven we all want to be able to face the Lord knowing that we had run a great race.  I love what Paul says in Timothy:
2 Timothy 4
 12 Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching.
 3 For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will reject the truth and chase after myths.
 5 But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.
 6 As for me, my life has already been poured out as an offering to God. The time of my death is near. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. 8 And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing.

Let us all keep our eyes eagerly looking for the Lord and His return  and keep busy doing His work here while we are waiting.  The harvest is great but the workers are few so lets all commit to being His light in this dark and dying world.  I don't know about you but This little light of mine I'm going to let it shine!  Let it shine!! Let it shine!! Let it shine!!!


The Lord is coming soon!!!  
I've nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award!! http://www.whatjeanlikes.com/2012/01/apparently-im-versatile.html

Thank you so much for your kindness!!! God bless you!!! :):)

It is so in the air, it is a tangible reality that the time for our Lord's return is here. So we must work while it is still day...
Thanks for this important reminder Kelekia, God bless you!

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