I enjoy the craft sites which give ideas for the house, children, and gardens. I can daydream about the ways I could decorate my farmhouse, learn how to care for my goats, how to use regular household items to clean the windows. But what the site does not do is cause me to act on what I see.
My intentions may be well and good, but they are only intentions. I must choose to go and purchase the items to create a shoe rack out of PVC pipe or use pallets to create the perfect goat shed.
The old adage, “The road to Hell was paved with good intentions,” rings true. I am certain we can recall many stories from others and our own stories too, where there was a plan to do something, but it was never completed.
I have friends and family who think they will have a chance to “get right with God” when they are older. When they have finished living a carefree lifestyle for a while. Maybe they will get right with “the Big Guy Upstairs” when they get married and have kids. The thing is, we cannot know if we will have that opportunity. Our social media feeds are full of posts about people who died too soon.
Please hear me, Best Beloved, I do not endorse or agree in anyway with inviting Christ into a person’s life as “fire insurance.” I do strongly believe Proverbs 27:1, Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring. Jesus told the parable of the Rich Fool (Luke 12) as a reminder about our plans and God’s plans.
James compared our lives to a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes (James 4:14). We do not know how long we have in this life. I know I need Jesus every hour of my life to make decisions that are honoring to Him and honoring to others. I know that my decision to follow Him at age 20 has been the guiding force these past 27 years. My faith has helped me to trust when I really wanted to run away from the unknown. It has helped me grow in my relationship with Christ.
I do not know if I will have another 27 years on this earth to walk with God or if I will stand before Him in the next 27 days. I can be on pins and needles wondering if I will be good enough or perform enough good deeds to earn my way into Heaven. Or to tip the scales from the bad things I have done to the good things I have done. Thankfully, God does not work that way. He’s an “all in” kind of God. He wants me all in with my decision to follow Him, just like He is all in with His love for me. I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you in with unfailing kindness (Jeremiah 31:3).
Do you see what I mean, Best Beloved?
Hebrews 3:13 continues to rumble in my heart and mind like thunder off a canyon wall. The J. B. Phillips New Testament translation of Hebrews 3:12-15 (bold mine) breaks the passage open even more for me.
You should therefore be most careful, my brothers, that there should not be in any of you that wickedness of heart which refuses to trust, and deserts the cause of the living God. Help each other to stand firm in the faith every day, while it is still called ‘today’, and beware that none of our becomes deaf and blind to God through the delusive glamour of sin. For we continue to share in all that Christ has for us so long as we steadily maintain until the end the trust with which we began. These words are still being said for our ears to hear: ‘Today, if you will hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion’.
So Dear Ones, what will you chose? Will you “put a pin it” to come back to Jesus at a later date? Or will you heed the words above, the calling in your heart to follow Jesus today?
It’s time to decide.
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Sending so much love,