I was, spiritually, bankrupt, but now I am, eternally, rich as a true follower of Jesus Christ. Can you say this?
Family, friends, neighbors, strangers, and happenings around the world have a positive or negative affect on each one of us in varying degrees. The world has and will, always, search for meaning and purpose. Depending upon how we were brought up as children, most of us started out with the ‘illusion of fulfillment’ in materialism. To, constantly, fill our materialistic needs, wants, and desires, we played the, worldly, game of success. Most of us went through school and college with our primary focus on that high paying job and successful career at the end of the, worldly, rainbow. We wanted the money, nice house, cars, other expensive toys, and the invented ‘social status’ that people have developed to feel important and feed their pride.
As we built our, temporary, materialistic empire, something should have started to happen. We could not get enough ‘stuff’ to fill the constant void in the depths of our very being. The emptiness in our lives could not be filled with the world’s way of success. No matter how hard we tried to deny it, with our college degrees and status in society, we had no real meaning or purpose in life. We were, spiritually, bankrupt! This is the time when some people turn to drugs or alcohol for the superficial ‘high’ that allows them to escape reality for a short time. Some people, who cannot fill the void of despair and loneliness, end up taking their own lives and/or the lives of other people. And, some people start to search for a higher purpose and meaning in this temporary short-lived life. To put this in more of a, balanced, perspective, there is nothing wrong with school, college degrees, work, and materialistic needs, as long as we don’t put personal gain first and foremost in our lives. We cannot serve, both, God and money. (Mat 6:24)
The scenario above is not just about the lost and unbelieving world. Sadly, many, so-called Christians start out on this path of destruction and are still on this ‘wide’ road; which leads to eternal separation from God. These people are termed, worldly, Christians. The unbelievers cannot and do not see a difference between these ‘once-in-a-while Christians’ and themselves. They are Sunday “pew warmers” who never open a bible or study God’s Word. They have no intimate and personal relationship with the Lord. They may go to church on Sunday and Christmas to hear a message of faith, but that is where their, very limited, belief ends. These folks, usually, cannot witness or testify about Jesus to other people because they, really, don’t know Him. There isn’t anything about Jesus that gets absorbed into their hearts and minds. As soon as they leave the Sunday service, they take a breath of fresh air because they are, now, back into their, worldly, comfort zone. The thought of Jesus is gone until another church service, and He is put back on the shelf until further notice.
Please don’t misunderstand what I am trying to convey in this message. I am not judging anyone. Only, God is our Judge. These are the, eternally, destructive sad facts of false Christianity for millions of people, worldwide. I’m trying to wake people up before it is too late!
We, as true believers in Jesus Christ, the Messiah, know that He is the, ONLY, way to salvation and eternal life. No one comes to the Father except through Him. (John 14:6) We know that faith without works is dead. (James 2:14-16) We, also, know that a ‘true follower’ of Jesus Christ needs to turn his or her life, completely, ‘over’ to Him. (Gal 2:20, Phil 1:21) We know that we are no longer our own because we were bought at a price. (1 Cor 6:19-20) We know that we do not live for ourselves anymore. (2 Cor 5:15) We, now, live for Jesus and His eternal purpose for us. (Jer 29:11-13) We, now, allow Him to do His work through us. (Phil 2:13) We know He will fulfill all of our needs, plus equip us with various Spiritual gifts to do His work. (Heb 13:20, Mat 6:30-33) We know that He lives inside our minds and hearts and guides us on the ‘narrow path’ to righteousness. (1 Cor 3:16, Mat 7:13-14) He is our Spiritual Advocate who will teach us all things. (1 Cor 9:24-25, 2 Tim 4:7, John 14:26) By all of these things, we know that we are SAVED and will live with Him FOREVER. (John 3:16)
We need to pray that God’s children will find their way back to Him, sooner than later. We need to remember that God has, always, been in control, is in control, and will be, forever, in control. We need to trust that God will provide everything we need in life and give us the very best life possible that He has predetermined for each one of His children. God’s plans, purposes, promises, and mysteries are irrevocable. (Rom 8:28-30)
Thank you, Holy Father, Creator of life and of all things seen and unseen, for your long suffering patience, unconditional love, unfathomable grace, and immeasurable compassion. (Rom 9:22-24)
In Jesus’ name,
Debby Mac Manes, disciple of Jesus Christ <><