God have mercy on us, we have decided to go our own way. We have determined to serve ourselves instead of the Most High, we have neglected the great price that was paid for us. Our Lord is a jealous God, He will accept second place from no one, He will not stand for being forgotten, the age of grace is coming to a close because of us.
It is not another god most serve, it is themselves, they have seen themselves as more desirable, they have determined that the Lord God’s ways are not just, that His truth is not the only truth, that they are the masters of their own destiny in this life and the one after. You thought I was talking about the lost, didn’t you, the known unrepentant sinner. “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.” (Psalm 14:1)
No my friends, I speak of those who are professing His name with their lips only, the ones who sit beside you in church who rarely if ever speak of His wonders, who have determined that current events of the day are better conversational topics than His mercy on us, His grace towards us, those who will not speak of how they are being used by the Almighty to further His kingdom, for they cannot, for they are not being used. They can name not one person they have brought to the cross, either personally or by deep fervent prayers, but they can tell you what the weather is predicted to be like tomorrow, or what was on the television last night. They cannot speak of the actions of love that the Holy Spirit of God has prompted them to take, the deeds that were performed by them that week, for there were none, but they can speak for a few moments about how they feel, they can sing the songs and place a little something in the plate. God have mercy on us, for “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:6)
We are to be ambassadors, our goal in this life is to glorify God by bringing the lost to the cross, our purpose in all we do is to glorify God, but we have determined that the religious tenants, the traditions, and formalities are easier to observe, we have decided to take the easiest path available, but when we look at ourselves we like to envision righteousness, we like to pretend that we are good Christians because we do not shove Christ down people’s throats, we mind our own business, we dress the part but do not realize we are clothed in filthy rags.
The perception of what a Christian is to be has been determined by the world, always kind and compassionate, never reproving or correcting, for that would seem judgmental, always seemingly full of care and love, and only speaking of the evil in the world as a generality, never to the face of the wicked who are performing the evil deed. We have determined that our lives are ours to direct, that the needs of the flesh are our responsibility, the sinful blasphemy crosses our lips daily that “God helps those who help themselves,” we all like sheep have gone astray. Our lives have become precious to us, we fear the fellowship of His suffering and will do all we can to avoid it, yet we feel we deserve a crown of glory, we sit on our hands and expect to hear “Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” (Matt. 25:23)
We live our lives for ourselves and expect the blessings of the Lord, we make decisions and then ask the Lord to bless those decisions. We are hard hearted against the fallen brother, we have determined that if they do not attend our church, they must not be Christians, we have turned aside to our own way and still call ourselves children of the Most High. Death is to be avoided at all cost, even the thought of it is to be dismissed, we pray for the rapture instead, not so that we can be with Christ, but so that we will be spared any possible pain, not even realizing we are praying for the great and terrible day of the Lord. Our lips and our hearts have never met. God have mercy on us.