The last couple weeks I have been thinking about what things are "urgent" in life. I am a natural worrier. I get anxious about all kinds of things. This is an area of my life that God has been working on for years and continually works on. I am thankful that He doesn't give up on me. Each of us probably has a similar issue with worry, though it may vary what we worry about. I was laid off from my ministry position about 5 months ago. God told me He would provide daily bread and he has, yet I worried about provision. I worry about family, health, doctrine in the church, many people worried yet reponded to the tragedy in Haiti. Was Haiti an "urgent" need? Yes, most definitely. And people around the world responded. It is amazing how much money went to help the Haitians. The same was true of 911 victums. Money just poured in to assist the families. There was a need and people responded to the urgency. People's lives were at stake and life is one of the most precious gifts from God.
There is something more urgent though, even than that of meeting the physical needs of people. Are people's souls important enough to demand an "urgency" in meeting that need? Think about it: If indeed we are all sinners and deserve Death and Hell for our sins (John 3; Romans 3), then why is there not more of an urgency in the church? Some pastors convey this type of apacolyptic urgency, but others seem content with the daily routine of their vocation. The congregation also has some who are earnestly seeking the lost, yet a majority seem comfortable or complacent. The urgency that most people see are the bills that need paid, or the kids soccer schedule or school functions; which are all good things. But what is REALLY URGENT? Won't God provide for our needs? Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all of these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:32-34). God will provide for our needs. But we also need to realize that God is jealous for our attention. Yes, he is jealous for you! As we gaze and bat our eyes at the things of this world, he is calling us saying, "Come to me my love. Come to me and I will carry your burdens. I carried the cross for you. I bore your sins and took your punishment. Don't you see how much I LOVE YOU!" We don't need to worry or seek after things in the world. God will provide.
With all of that said, what is truly urgent? Or better said, What is truly urgent to God? You've heard this verse before I'm sure, but I believe it shows the urgency of God's heart.
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God." John 3:16-21
I challenged you my friends to consider looking from God's perspective on what is "urgent" today.
Open your eyes church, the harvest is plentiful.
Open your hearts church, the love of God will overflow.
Open your ears church, the word of the Lord is spoken.
Open your doors church and Go out to the crowd.
Cradle the infants and feed them milk.
Open your arms to the children and do not hinder them.
Feed the Sheep who wonder the hills, lost and broken.
Open the sheep fold and lead them in.
Gather them together and worship our Lord.
Open the gates of heaven and usher in the crowd.
Open your eyes church, the time is now!
Serving our Lord and Savior,
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