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No More Excuses

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No More Excuses

When was the last time you were seriously challenged in your faith by another person, not the issues that arise within our own conscience, not the daily grind or inopportune moments that make us question, not even the events that are happening around the world, but by another human being. How long has it been since you were called to defend your faith in Christ.

If there is one truth in this area I have found over the years that I have known Christ as Lord, it is this, no one is going to challenge you unless you speak up first. The lost do not speak of our Lord in general conversations, He is not part of the topic of any of their statements, unless they are using our Savior’s name as a curse word or asking God to damn something, He is not on their mind. It stands to reason that they will not challenge your faith in Him unless you bring Him up, something that is happening less and less these days, for more reasons than I can discuss in this letter to you. If your faith is never put to the test in this area though, the question must be asked, why not, have you found not one opportunity to speak of Him last week, perhaps for the entire year, have you been so busy that He just slips your mind most of the day, perhaps you are speaking with Him but never about Him.

The last one is the best of the worst options I have laid forth here, for it speaks of a weak faith, while the others show no faith whatsoever. I am going to guess you have no problem talking about the weather, conversing about your plans for the weekend, the new vehicle you just purchased or the activities of your children or grandchildren. But the Lord that you say you serve just doesn’t seem to be a part of the normal activities of your day when it comes to your speech, in fact, you will speak on just about everything but Him.

There is another item I have learned over the years in relation to this subject, those who love the Lord, speak about the Lord, in fact, they find it difficult not to. He is their all in all, the central focus of their existence, every aspect of their lives revolves around Him. But again, as I have said many times, to understand the totality of a thing, you must know the inverse of that thing, so those who do not speak of Him openly and often must not love Him. Harsh words, I know, but truth, for all beyond this is nothing but flimsy excuses. We speak to others about matters that concern us, we will talk at length with others on subjects that draw our attention, that touch our hearts. So then my friends, when was the last time you found yourself in a position that required you to defend not Christ, but your faith in Him.

Not too many folks I meet are fond of 1 Peter 3:15, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.” Most tend to try to defend themselves, their lack of service to Him, the reasons they are so busy and have someplace to go when the conversations turn towards them and their walk with Christ. There is one more thing that I have learned, this one just recently, within the last three years or so, and I voice it in great humility.

A lot of the things that I say to people, a good part of the conversations I bring up, the words that I speak to people, when they will listen, are the words that our Lord Jesus is going to say to them on their day of accounting. My greatest prayer for them is that day will be a few minutes after they leave this earth, and not a thousand or so years from now at the great white throne of judgment.

You have been called to a task, fulfill that task, put the excuses away. “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” (1 John 4:18)

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