HOLLAND: Being ready to give an answer
Today, just as there was in the ancient world, there is a need for the people of God to assume the role of a watchman.
If Christians do not share the gospel and warn the world that Jesus is the only hope for our future and is returning soon, who will?
The watchman’s call 2,700 years ago is still valid today: “The morning comes and also the night!”
Yes, the world is in distress and insecurity is increasing on many levels, but there remains one rock that cannot be shaken and that is the Kingdom of God.
Many are focused on tribulation approaching, while others are excited and filled with encouragement and joy, and yet, both camps are reading the same Bible.
Some believers are evening star Christians, and some are morning star Christians, but the Old Testament watchman saw both. He had spiritual discernment to see the night, but he was also the first to announce the breaking of the morning dawn. Likewise, we are to be a realist, while never giving up our confession of faith, for no matter what the world or even the religious voices declare, our security and hope is found in Christ.
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need,” Hebrews 4:6.
Do people privately ask you about God? Do those around you respect your walk with Jesus, and do they trust you to tell them about the Bible?
What we say and the way we live has everything to do with our integrity and how effective we are for his kingdom.
There is no shortage of speculations for our future, but my message is focused on the opportunity to repent and allow Christ to purify our heart and fill us with his Holy Spirit.
As God’s messengers, did Isaiah or Jeremiah have any more responsibility to speak God’s truth than we have now? Have we been too busy for the great commission? These questions are not just for pastors and teachers, this is for everyone who proclaims to be a follower of Christ.
The concept of being a watchman is not an option, but rather a demand from the Lord to listen carefully, to know what he is saying and to do what He says.
Soldiers in the military are given orders and are committed to obeying the commands they are given. If a soldier is told to stand guard and they fail, are they not held accountable? Have we been faithful to stand guard or have we been napping?
Will our diligence to evangelism and prayer not be a part of our judgment?
Have we forgotten the consequences of backsliding and living a spiritually lukewarm life?
We cannot afford to slumber as so many people around us are lost and desperately need the Savior.
It’s difficult to follow God’s orders and dedicate our life to repentance, sanctification, intercession, studying, witnessing and obeying His voice.
However, it’s easy to enjoy our blessings.
How quickly we can lose our burden for other people’s souls and drift away from God’s presence.
Too many distractions from worldly pleasures and not spending enough time with the Lord is the formula for spiritual apathy.
It’s time to stop singing “I surrender all” if we do not really mean it.
George Macdonald is quoted as saying, “It is simply absurd to say you believe, or even want to believe, in God, if you do not do anything He tells you.”
When people ask, “Watchman what of the night?” are you prepared to share what the Holy Spirit is revealing to you?
God wants to arrange divine appointments but is waiting for someone to develop an interest.
Who desires to invite God to rekindle the fire within their spirit and to repent for their distant attitude toward him?
Our relationship with Christ has everything to do with our obedience and we are only playing religious games if we have no intention of walking away from our carnality. There is no middle of the road if we continue to be comfortable with the routines of our intentional sin.
A spiritual watchman is serious about allowing God to transform their life and is always ready to help and encourage others in their spiritual journey.
You can give your heart to Jesus this very minute by sincerely asking him to become the Lord of your life.
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