A New Urgency
January 1, 2014
As 2014 begins, I have a sense of urgency in my spirit.
I see America, drunk on pleasure and wealth, selling out its morality and principles in an effort to keep the party going. I see the church divided and weak, sliding away from its foundational roots in an effort to stay “relevant.” And, as the church succeeds in offending no one, it seems the Spirit of God has slipped unseen out a back door, leaving behind a form of religion devoid of the power of God.
I see concerned Christians under bombardment from the enemy. Though we have never been so digitally connected, many feel isolated in their faith. They desire to grow in their faith, but finding spiritual mentors, men and women who know the Word, know how to pray, and live out their faith, seems increasingly difficult. The pressure to conform to the way of the world has never been so great, coming from both inside and outside the church. Christians are discouraged and weary in the fight.
This picture fuels my urgency and brings to mind a familiar verse:
“And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.” (Rom 13:11)
And my urgency intensifies. I hear the voice of Peter ringing out:
“But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.” (1 Peter 4:7)
And I wonder if I am giving enough time to the Father’s business. Have I done enough to warn the many that are walking in the broad way that leadeth to destruction? Have I been an encouragement to those striving to honor God with their lives? Have I discipled a new Christian, have I shared the gospel, have I lived out my faith…
Have I done what God has called me do to?
The night is far spent. There is no more time for delay. I must rise up and contend for the faith. I must preach the Word. I must stand in the gap. Solomon speaks to me:
“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.” (Ecc 9:10)
Do you hear the voice of Solomon? Rise up today, this first day of 2014, and begin to fulfill what God has called you to do.