You may have served God for years, like Joseph. You may have only just heard the call, like the shepherds. You may have searched and searched for truth like the wise men. You might up until this point be actively rebelling against God, like Herod. The call to all of us is exactly the same – Come and worship Christ the King!
God has a special plan for your life.
The Christian faith cannot be reduced to rational or philosophical arguments (although it is never less than these), it is more than an ethical or doctrinal system too, and it is definitely far, far more than what people call “organised religion”. The very heart of our faith is the power of God at work within human history.
“Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.”
Speak out for righteousness, and justice, and truth. Speak out for Jesus. For you were made for such a time as this.
Discouragement comes to us all. But as Christian people, dearly loved by The Lord – it will not have the final word, The Lord will bring you through, and put a song back your heart. And you will be stronger, wiser, more godly and ready for eternity because of this season.
Let your words be few. Let your words be true. Enjoy the good. Be balanced. And all of these things because you are a worshipper of God who is eternal, as you live wisely in this world which is not!
Accept the wonderful gifts that God has put here in the world for you. Enjoy them, and enjoy life to the full. But do not stop there – without God, these things are distorted, empty, meaningless and even harmful. But taken as signposts, they point you to an eternal, loving, glorious and good God.
The Bible is clear, we live one earthly life, then face the definitive judgement of God. We do not get endless lives in which we can correct the sins of previous lives, pay back what we owe, or move up the spiritual ladder until we reach perfection. Hebrews is blunt on this matter: “Man is appointed once to die, and after that the judgement”.
So today, if you are living for your family, your job, your career, your art or hobbies or ambitions. If your existence is centered upon anything within the world, then you are chasing after the wind. Jesus said, “What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?” Ecclesiastes is the story of a man who did just that. He gained the whole world and found that his soul was hollow.
Depression also changed Kathleen’s faith. “I learned that real faith does not depend on my feelings” she says. There is a passage in the Bible which is especially significant to Kathleen now, which comes from Isiah 45:, “I will give you the treasures of darkness, And hidden riches of secret places”