What happened over the last year culminating with the horrific shooting in Roseville, Oregon should have all Christians praying and working together. Instead, it seems that we have different factions going in all different directions each telling the other what they should be doing and how they are not showing the love of Jesus with their current actions. They are right, for the most part, but also guilty of the same sin.
Each of us is individually responsible and accountable to God and Jesus for the life we lead. We are each given gifts that are unique and separate, and have a calling put upon us to do while ‘under the sun.’ Each of us will answer for the mistakes we make, and the opportunities we missed. We will all fall short. However, through the righteousness that comes with the blood of Christ, we can be forgiven and become sanctified and justified in the eyes of Our Father; “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us.” – Ephesians 1:7
So what’s going on? We are scared. It’s as simple as that. We see our lives as being held up to ridicule, and as an example for eradication. Anybody would be scared with that as their future. The thing is, the bible says we will have trouble; “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33. We may be called to sacrifice our health, our bodies, and our lives for Christ. Look at the life of Paul or any of the disciples. All but John were martyred, and he was exiled to Patmos. The signs of the times are saying we are coming to troubling times. Many other news sources can detail the distressing and troubling times going on. But this too was foretold, look at the first nine verses of 2 Timothy 3.
That sets the stage for what could be the greatest time ever for the Church, or the worst. In my humble view, with what I’ve gathered in my prayer time, here is what we need to concentrate on:
Along with a list of things to do, are a list of things not to do: