With all of the insanity of the world right now, particularly considering that Israel became a nation for the first time in nearly 2000 years, we just really truly may very possibly finally be living in the generation that sees Yeshua, as our beloved believing Jewish friends in Israel rightly call Him... we may actually see His return. So I guess, in that sense, the world truly is running out of time. Time to get right with the Living God. But don't hold your breath. For any of us at any time may find ourselves, without notice, standing in front of God Himself, all alone, no help from our friends, no one else standing there with us.... and having to give an account for every last thing we've ever done, said, or thought. Yes, even all our thoughts and intentions. That, to say the least, is not a comfortable picture. More on parables; in fact this is the last one in the series. Appropriate.
I'm sure we've all said it at some point in our lives, "If I only knew then what I know now". Exactly. That goes right along side "Youth is wasted on the young". How did we as a society get to where we are now? Without God and His code of ethics, determining right from wrong ends up being nothing more than your opinion vs. the next person and what they think. But that's not the end game. More from the parables.
We have no idea how incapable we are and how lost we are. We have no ability to be good on our own and no possible way to reach God. There are two kinds of people in the world: Those who are sinners and know it, and those who think "I'm fine, thank you very much".
Debts. These days, if you're too far over your head you simply declare bankruptcy; no problem except for the 10 year inconvenience. No debtor's prison. No chance of your children getting parceled out to other people who now consider them a burden, or worse yet put in run down orphanages. Let's consider the value of the gift of forgiveness.
Can you buy your way into heaven? No. But how you use your assets in this life really does make a difference, even in heaven.
When things go south in a person's life, it's always a real gift to have friends who are there to stand beside you, friends with whom you've built a great relationship over time. Spending time in conversation, getting to know them and they you; experiencing circumstances of all kinds with them. That's the stuff of which great relationships are built, one-on-one. You're not doing it so you've got someone you can depend on when trouble lands at your front door, but it is wonderful to know they're there. So, let's talk about conversation with your Invisible Friend.
For those of us who have lived long enough, most have had some event occur which toppled the expected routine of life as we knew it. We had to completely readjust to a new normal. There is never a reason for hopelessness in our lives.
Which will it be? In Jesus' first visit to planet earth, the Jewish nation lost its privilege of preeminence. The task of bringing the message of salvation to the world fell on us, the gentiles. If you really dig into cultural history, we're a pretty miserable lot. It truly is by God's grace that any of us turned out to be anything. But here's the deal. He is the one that can make us who we're supposed to be, and given that, we'd best take the task seriously. There really isn't that much time left, not just individually, but as a nation and a world. We're actually at a point in history where we're seeing unprecedented turns of events in the awakening of the Jewish nation. Millions are now progressively realizing that Yeshua, as they call Him, is their messiah. They're excited and they're passionate. They put us to shame. Let's wake up. Let's put as much of ourselves and our shoulders into the task at hand, both in our individual lives and as neighbors to the lost.
Expectation versus reality. There are probably billions of people who really never gave it a thought and never expected to be there right now, at this moment, as we're reading this. But hell is a reality and we'd better start getting a grip on that reality. Not a pleasant thought; most folks just don't want to begin allowing there minds to go down that road. Today we need to be willing to open that door.
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