Monday, May 17, 2010

Unshakable in Christ's Love

Heb. 12:25-29 NLT
     25 Be careful that you do not refuse to listen to the One who is speaking. For if the people of Israel did not escape when they refused to listen to Moses, the earthly messenger, we will certainly not escape if we reject the One who speaks to us from heaven!  26 When God spoke from Mount Sinai his voice shook the earth, but now he makes another promise: “Once again I will shake not only the earth but the heavens also.”  27 This means that all of creation will be shaken and removed, so that only unshakable things will remain.
     28  Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe.  29 For our God is a devouring fire.

The Writer to the Hebrews has carefully laid out the invitation to these ancient people of God to open their eyes and see the salvation that God has opened up through Judaism to the entire world for reunification with God. He has explained what was obvious from their history but what their eyes were missing. This passage points out a time when these 'people of God,' having experienced his protection and accepted the relationship with Him, later turned rebellious because God's call was inconvenient.  Today, people of God-- called 'Christians' or 'Christ-followers' also struggle to resist such rebellious tendencies. We have a nature that wants to be at the center of things in our lives and others' lives as well. We find God's call to action inconvenient often. But a lesson must be learned from the ancient Hebrews who turned from God at a crisis point. "They refused to listen to the One who is speaking."  That one still speaks today and speaks faith and grace into the lives of His obedient servants. But we must work to listen because of the tempestous din of tempting noises cast abroad the face of our lives.

The time is coming upon the earth when God will wrap it all up and move on into His eternal plan for a sinless creation. You and I have heard His call and have stepped by faith in Christ into that eternity. We must be careful to continue to Listen to God's call upon our lives so that we do not step where we should not go and so that we do, indeed, walk where He leads us. When God shakes up creation, it is only faith in Christ that will remain unshaken. That faith is like a devouring fire in that it burns up all that can be burned, convert it into pure energy. We can remain unshaken, unburned, cleansed of all impurities as God's time line proceeds. The good news is that you can take someone with you. Who will you share your ticket with?

Your servant in Christ's love

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