Posted on October 13, 2020
by Paris Renae
Life is moving fast. Barely time to anticipate an event or occasion and it’s done and the next one is coming.
We just went on vacation – Smoky Mountain cool and nights of good sleep. But here we are along with the rest of the world in the thick of crazy lives again. And, do you sense this is how the rest of our days will be? As in hectic, chaotic, unrested?
Words are running through my mind trying to put into perspective the times we’re living in: expectation, awaken, revive, change, be ready. “Honor Christ and let him be the Lord of your life. Always be ready to give an answer when someone asks you about your hope.” (1Peter 3:15 CEV)
On our trip I found something sacred and special that is universal: the body of believers, those devoted to Jesus, are the same no matter where we roam. The same hope, the same faith, the same peace, most of all the same love. We happened on to a very small church and were a little nervous to go in.
Welcome, we were welcome. The music was wonderful, the message right on. God moves in the heart of His people wherever they are. When worship is heartfelt and the message shared are His words, longing souls are bound together by the Holy Spirit.
“Faith in Christ Jesus is what makes each of you equal with each other, whether you are a Jew or a Greek, a slave or a free person, a man or a woman.” (Galatians 3:28 CEV)
So what I see and feel most right now is a call from God to be ready. Look around, don’t waste time. Days are spinning by fast and someday the end of them will come. What are we doing to reach those we love? Those God loves?
This faith of ours can’t be a selfish faith. We are not called to find Jesus and then hide hoping everyone else will figure it out. We’re called and then filled with His Spirit. Filled so that we can share the freedom with have in Christ. “All of us have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. But God treats us much better than we deserve, and because of Christ Jesus, He freely accepts us and sets us free from our sins.” (Romans 3:23-24 CEV)
We can no longer live like there will always be tomorrow. Only God knows the number of each of our days. “You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” (Luke 12:40 ESV) This crazy world needs the hope we have. For this hope – of everlasting, never ending days full of good things – is precious and is for all who will call on the Name: Jesus Christ.
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These are great thoughts. I have found the same truth about people and churches all over the world too. It is an important invitation to be ready. Thank you for sharing! I’m visiting today from the Purposeful Faith link up. Have a great week Paris!
Blessings as you look to the Savior and so find yourself ready – and share with those in need of this great hope.
yes, I so love to find other believers in places I do not expect or am looking for them. The Body of Christ is such a precious and unique family, isn’t it? Visiting from Purposeful faith link up!
Indeed – and one that serves a precious and unique Savior – blessings as you readily share this wonderful hope.
Thank you, Paris, for this call to “be ready”, I couldn’t agree more. Yes we are not to have a selfish faith, and now more than ever others need to hear our truth. May we be ready to share when God gives the opportunity! Visiting today from the Tune in Thursday link up!
Yes, so true, now more than ever. Blessings as the hope that fills you overflows…
I look at our world and I do believe that our tomorrows are becoming fewer. One day we’ll stand before Jesus and He will know if we were ashamed of the Gospel, or if we proclaimed it boldly. Joining with you in always wanting to be ready!
And all the more as we see the day approaching – blessings as you are filled with His living water and share the much needed source with others.
Beautiful, Paris. I just told someone the other day, you would think with Covid-19, the year would have dragged along slowly. But it hasn’t. Time keeps moving and I want to be intentional to be ready.
It does take being intentional doesn’t it. We are the ambassadors of the King – ready to serve and to make Him known. Blessings as you follow Jesus…