I really battled with settling for a title for this post.
Actually, I didn’t just battle with the title, I battled with the post too.
In relation to the title, a couple of options presented themselves:
- When Things Have Changed
As I was going to talk about the fact that although the Word (God) is still the same, many believers today hide behind the fact that “times have changed”, I thought this would be a befitting title.
I would have started by bombarding you, dear reader, with passages of His Holy Word that speak of the need to “not be conformed to this world but be thou renewed in the renewal of your mind” (1) and actions, and to “hold on to the faith” (2). I would have continued by pointing out both in the Old and New Testament His view on sin, adultery, fornication, lying, cheating, deception, immorality; and His call to holiness and righteousness.. until Christ’s return.
Then I would have concluded by saying something like “The Word is God Himself, and since He is eternal and unchanging, so is His Word” (3), seeing as many have come to say, believe and indeed act as though being a 21-century Christian was any different and hence “subject to mod(ern)ification” as being a Christian during any other era. We are still in the New Testament!
However, the title didn’t quite do it for me, so I came up with:
- When There Is Grace
I thought this was much more fitting, as many Christians believe we live in an era of “mercy and grace” and we are no more “under the law”. I often hear such statements and thought, “What a good time to set people’s minds right”. I thought of highlighting just how gracious and merciful God is: He sent His son! And then I would have probably added that we have been “set free so that we could serve Him freely” (4) not give in to sin.
I would have probably also made reference to “Do not use your liberty as an occasion to sin” and highlight the incident (as documented in Acts 5) of Ananaias and Sapphira, who lied- and died (NT!).
On a very good day, I’d have probably also made reference to Paul’s numerous warning, as inspired by the Holy Spirit, of “Should we continue in sin and ask the grace of God to abound? God forbid!” (6) and would have finally concluded by encouraging you, dear reader, to spend some time studying the words “mercy” and “grace” so that you would indeed understand what they both are, and are not! (7) And come to understand that you have not been set free so that you would be free to sin, but free to serve Him! (8)
However; again, this title didn’t quite cut it for me, and so I thought, “What about..”
- The ApocalypticHorse
People love stories. I am no exception. We like drama, we light build-ups, we like having our minds engaged: with pictures, analogies, metaphors, exaggerations. We enjoy being shown something, much more than we do being told something, and so I was going to refer you, dear reader, to the book of Revelation 6. I would have probably (in order to help you relate a bit better) asked if it was okay for me to throw in Matthew 24 too, just to be sure we were on the same page, and then highlight the every-so-true-yet-often-forgotten fact that we are indeed in the end-times! I would have supported all this by referring to wars and rumours of wars, bloodshed and chaos, famines and other natural catastrophes of recent times that none of us is too old to remember or young to understand.
Additionally, just to make sure you really got what I was saying, I would have laid emphasis on the Scriptures and Christ’s word saying that “there would be wolves in sheep’s clothing, many false teachers and prophets, yes too many people with itching ears” (11). I would have also pointed out just how ministers and churches have indeed- and will sadly keep fulfilling- the first apocalyptic horse’s ministry of “deception” and would have listed common tactics, such as “sew a seed faith”, “use this healing oil”, “pay this amount for a complete and total deliverance”, “receive this gift as a thank you for partnering with us” and other lines often used by so-called “pastors” whose one and only aim is to lead people astray and enrich themselves.
But all this would have been a bit too harsh; and so I thought, “Why not focus on something more positive with..”
- The True Bride of Christ
As the Church is often referred to as The Bride in Scripture, and I wanted to adress an issue that pertained to her, the Bride, I thought I could probably do it this way too.
Knowing there is so much to say about it, I would probably have quoted passages such as “Be holy (righteous, set apart) for I Am holy” or shared the parable of the 5 foolish and 5 wise virgins (12) who had enough oil (which stands for anointing) for their lamp and were ready for the groom’s (Christ’s) return; which is a call to readiness, as the Lord will come “as thief in the night” (13).
I would have also shared beautiful pictures of the Lamb’s wedding () and the beauty and purity of His bride
I would probably have concluded the message with reference to John’s warning as received in the book of Revelation pertaining what the Church would face during the end-time and a reminder that it was very unwise to choose to live lukewarm, “you are neither hot nor cold, therefore I will spit you out” (14) as the Lord really does not like this “middle path” or “double-mindedness” or.. undecided-ness.
And there it was: Undecided!
Just as undecided as I was about this post’s title, so are many Christians about their walk with the Lord.
Many of us have given in to the world’s temptations, forgetting the here-after. Too many of us have chosen to live just like “them”, forgetting we are sojourners in this world; forgetting we have been given the mandate to “separate” ourselves even in their midst; forgetting we are to set a higher standard; forgetting we are kings and priests; ambassadors representing the Most High.
Many of us are so undecided.. we have decided to just live our lives as “best” as we can, having no benchmark against which to way it, however. We have forgotten what it means to be Christ-like, deceiving ourselves into believing “better than the rest” it is just good enough.
Many of us, however, are not undecided at all. We have decided to take Him for granted; relying on His mercy and grace to avail on the last day. We have decided not to stand out, for fear of being tagged “extreme”; or worse- for fear of loosing out on the world’s goodies. We have chosen to forget the calling, the mandate, and the separation. We have chosen not to be holy at all.
Maybe it’s time to choose right.
13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. (Matthew 7)