Here I am again in this place where I have so much to say. The problem is, the words are stuck in my head and when I try to speak them or write them they become a jumbled mess, not at all the thoughts that are so articulate in my mind. I am convinced that if the world at large hasn’t been swayed by the beautiful and heart-rending epistles of the eye-witnesses, it will not be persuaded by me. I struggle daily with what it REALLY means to love, while Peter, Matthew, and John ate, drank, walked and slept with Perfect Love. The world was turned upside down by them, but the majority of the world would not acknowledge the Truth. We will always be a peculiar people. The true Light of Love will shine in the dark places and those hiding in the dark will scurry for cubbyholes to get away from the Light for it exposes their tyrannies. We are told we are short-sighted, illogical, and that we hate those who are not like us, when the truth is we are very long-sighted (looking at where we, family, friends, and co-workers will spend eternity); logical (for the logical end of wrongdoing is punishment and the logical end of righteousness is reward); full of love (we do not want ANYONE to perish, but for all to have eternal life).
Let’s say I’m coming out of a store into a busy parking lot. A child runs past me headed straight for the lot without seeing a moving car.I reach out and pull him to safety before he is injured or killed. Should I have minded my own business and allowed that child to be hit by the car? Would you have yelled at me, “Keep your freaking hands off my kid! You have NO Right to touch him!” Or would you have said through tears, “Thank you so much! I almost lost my child, but you have given him back to me!” YOU ARE THE CHILD, the parking lot is the world and the car is sin and lies that are being told to you by the adversary. One day a car will come along and run you over. But there are people in the world who are not like the world at all. They want to pull you out of the way of the speeding car, to save your life. But you want to kick, scream, and curse at us and tell us that we have no right to interfere in your business. We have no CHOICE but to tell you that the day is coming, and truly is knocking at the door, when we won’t be able to keep you from being run over. So while there is still time, we can’t for the love of Christ, not tell you of the dangers that lie ahead if you die without Christ in your heart. It is for Love’s sake that we tell you of a Father’s love for you!
It’s Christmas time and you’ve been given a ton of gifts. In your excitement, you have torn through them all and you really like them. But the one thing you had hoped and dreamed for, you did not get. Weeks later, you are putting away the Christmas tree and see a gift that was over-looked. When you pick it up, you realize it has your name on it. You decide since none of the other gifts you opened were the gift you really wanted, you are not going to open this one and be disappointed again. If you never open that gift, it is never truly yours. How do you know it is not what you’ve longed for all your life? So it is with Jesus’ gift of salvation to you. In order for the gift of salvation to truly be yours, you must accept it with your whole heart. He will completely fill that life-long emptiness you’ve carried. He will fulfill your deepest desire. But you’ll never know for sure unless you open the gift.
You haven’t eaten for several days and starvation has set in. I meet you and realize that without intervention you will die from lack of food. So I take you to the best restaurant in town and tell you that you can order anything on the menu, but you refuse to order. I then order what smells and tastes delicious and what your body needs to regain its strength.The waiter sets it before you, yet you still refuse to eat and the next day you die from starvation. So it is with the gift that God has given you through His Son, Jesus. He sees our need and how we are dying in our sins, shows us what we need to do, but we will not take part. Knowing our situation is desperate, He sent His Son to do for us what we can not do for ourselves, yet we refuse to accept His gift of life and we die in our sins. The old adage is true: you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink (even for its own good).