Work in Progress: The Christian Walk
3/23/16 at 08:28 AM 0 Comments

The Time is Now

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32 Then they came to a place which was named Gethsemane; and He said to His disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 And He took Peter, James, and John with Him, and He began to be troubled and deeply distressed. 34 Then He said to them,“My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch.” 35 He went a little farther, and fell on the ground, and prayed that if it were possible, the hour might pass from Him. 36 And He said,“Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will.” 37 Then He came and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “Simon, are you sleeping? Could you not watch one hour? 38 Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 39 Again He went away and prayed, and spoke the same words. 40 And when He returned, He found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy; and they did not know what to answer Him. 41 Then He came the third time and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? It is enough! The hour has come; behold, the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners. 42 Rise, let us be going. See, My betrayer is at hand.” (Mark 14:32-42 NKJV)

This morning my heart is burdened for a generation of believers that have lost their sense of urgency. It is as if we are living amongst the walking dead, doing life side-by-side with “Christians” who choose flesh over the business of the Father. Rather than spend time praying, discerning the will of the Father and doing that will, that business of the Father, we spend our time consumed with “stuff” that is ultimately meaningless when it is all said and done.

We are losing souls left and right because we are too busy “sleeping and resting” rather than praying for and loving on the lost. We are too consumed with our selfish pleasures, desires and comforts that we find it inconvenient and discomforting to intentionally invest in others. Based on recent studies, Dr. Thom Rainer has come out and stated that “Eighty-two percent of the unchurched are at least somewhat likely to attend a church if invited.” That is, 8 out of every 10 non-believers that you encounter on a day-to-day basis are likely to attend a church gathering if they were simply invited.

Imagine what the world would look like if every disciple of Christ took just one step of faith and intentionally loved and invested in one person today. Imagine the shift in culture that would take place across the global landscape. For me, this is more than childish, wishful dreaming, this is a reality that can come to pass if we all set out with a Kingdom agenda rather than a cultural, church or denominational agenda.

As we come up on Resurrection Sunday (Easter), I want to challenge you to purposefully invest and invite somewhere far from Christ to church this week. Here’s the reality, if we filled every seat in every church this coming weekend we still would not have enough seats for everyone. We must all make a decision to be a generation willing to fight for the lost; a generation that will not exist in a continual state of sleeping and resting. Our time is short and the time is now, “Get up; let’s go!”

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