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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Are you on Vacation or a Mission

Every churchgoer has heard it. Most of us have said it. So much so, it's now became cliche. "This is not our home". It's a truth paraded by the church in her music and messages, but camouflaged by her actions.
 It's hard to inspire confidence to nonbelievers, in a reality of heaven, with so many of us, living our clean lives blinded by our stained glass windows. If we really believe this world is not our home, we must decide whether we are on vacation, or a mission. We short change nonbelievers and sell our God short, living as if, we manufacture our own safety... If you can call that living. The bible teaches us in Isaiah that God has a plan and a purpose. 

remember the former things of old;
for I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is none like me,
declaring the end from the beginning
and from ancient times things not yet done,
saying, My counsel shall stand,
and I will accomplish all my purpose,’
calling a bird of prey from the east,
the man of my counsel from a far country.
I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass;
I have purposed, and I will do it. 

This passage reminds us God has declared our end from the beginning. He demands a response from the natural world, when He calls the "bird of prey from the east". Commanding nature, He's covered all the details. He's gonna save His people with you or without you. The only part God has asked us to do is to remember. Many Americans have forgotten the debt of gratitude we owe foreign missionaries. Some foreign strangers carried the Gospel to our ancestors. Without that sacrifice, we'd be destined for hell.  We did not simply inherit our relationship with God. People sacrificed to take the Gospel so to insure your salvation. Jesus told us to do the same in Matthew 28:19-20 Perhaps, yours isn't a call to the mission field. I'd wager whatever cross God's calling you to, I'm betting it is more than simply filling a pew.  Find a place to serve Him and His mission to save His people. We all need to constantly remember God is in control . Remember who He is. Pray prayers only He can answer. Never sacrifice an opportunity to see God show off to the illusion of safety. 
There's a freedom that comes in remembering every breath you take is a gift from God. He is your only life support. My advice is to never hold your breath. Take a deep breath. Do you smell that? Smells like heaven. Reminds me of home. How about you?
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