What are we about? Are we engaged in praising and glorifying God, by living for Him as if each day might be our last: Or making sure we get a good seat on the “Gospel Train” when it leaves for Heaven; and, perhaps meanwhile, making sure we’re cozy and comfortable?
My Pastor, Dale Ritts, posed a good question this morning in his sermon: Is it about you, or is it about Jesus? He had two texts from which he composed his sermon: Colossians 1:12-20, about the sovereign attributes of the Lord Jesus Christ; and Luke 10:38-42, about Mary and Martha and their differences.
I won’t spend a lot of time going back over the verses, you can read them for yourself, they are, as all Scripture, quite wonderful, and will thrill the hearts of any believers, as they read and meditate. It’s what Dale said about Mary and Martha that got me most. It was not the usual, “yeah, Martha was alright and doing things that were needed, but, Mary was better,” type of thing. Nor was it a discourse on how Martha was so unspiritual, as to call Mary away from learning at the feet of Jesus to help her with the meal preparation. It was much deeper than that, and got right at the heart of where we should be in our dedication to our Sovereign Lord, who is our All in All; who is the Creator of all things; and, who is the One who died for us, totally unworthy though we all are!
To give a little background as to why this sermon touched me so, I must tell you that I’ve been having a lot of thoughts lately as to whether I should buy a gun for protection or not. My heart tells me to listen to God’s Holy Word, in Psalm 62:1,2: “Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defense, I shall not be greatly moved.”
Now, I served my country in the military, and I would do so again, because I believe it was , and still is, my duty. But whether I will run out and buy a gun because I think it’s up to me to protect myself and my wife (as if God is unable), I don’t think so. In fact, as I think about these things at this particular time, I believe I would rather die myself, than take another’s life. This is new thinking for me. Anyone who knows me will tell you that I’ve never been one to shy away from a fight, even as a Christian. But, as I was asked, “What about Jesus,” not just His Person; but the things He taught, I had to consider a change of heart. Does he want me to take up arms at this time, or to trust Him completely. The answer comes back, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5).
It’s my firm belief that the only thing that will save our country at this time is a spiritual revival. Not the hoop and holler kind, but one that gets at the heart and soul in the way of real conviction; and one that produces real godly repentance to the extent that lives are changed. The crooks quit crooking; the liars quit lying; and the people who have a low view of human life quit looking for opportunities to kill. Is such a thing possible? I don’t know; but I’m putting my eggs in that bucket, rather than the “shoot’em first and let God sort’em out theory.”
For the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ, and His Gospel,