My Sorrow Brings Reflection Today on Jesus Christ

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Sins paid in full by Jesus ChristOne of my first cousin’s passed away recently at the young age of 53….

I didn’t really stay connected with Dan much while he was still alive and while we won’t know 100% this side of heaven, my hope is that he trusted in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for his salvation and had a personal relationship with Him. He was a great father, granddad, loving husband, brother and all around good guy so I continue to be deeply saddened by his passing but yet can rejoice in His being with the Lord if this was indeed the case. 1 Corinthians 2:9 , 2 Corinthians 5:8

My heart and prayers go out to my Uncle Ed, Aunt Mariellen, his sisters Mary Beth and Mary Ann, brothers Pius and Steve, his wife Rose and all their children who I know must be absolutely besides themselves right now with grief. No one is ever prepared for a tragedy of this nature. May God comfort them in this, their time of need.

It’s all very troubling and heartbreaking just the same. Three of my first cousins on my Dad’s side of the family (who is also deceased as well as my mother, both passing from cancer) have died pretty much just “out of the blue” from a heart attack, etc., (2 women, 1 man) in the course of a year and a half. And all of these 1st cousins of mine were only in the early 50s early 60s.

Here I am age 55 and one thing I know for sure…..God doesn’t promise anyone of us a tomorrow on this earth. Hebrews 9:27 It is appointed for men once to die and then judgment. No second chances to get it right, no phony new age reincarnation, no more excuses. This really sheds so much light on that fact. Which is why our focus should continue to on the things of heaven and not of this world. Colossians 3:2

Sometimes it’s hard to come to terms with that because most of us are so busy living in the moment, since this is all we visibly see for now being on the earth. We often times get so wrapped up in the PRESENT that we forget this is really NOT our true home. However where we spend eternity will matter a whole lot more, as it’s FOREVER….our final destination. Heaven or Hell. I know sometimes it’s hard for ME to wrap my head around a place that for now, we can only imagine what it will be like in all its splendor and glory, yet Holy Scripture sheds some revealing light on what those of us who love our Savior Jesus Christ can expect. Revelation 5:9-13, Revelation 21:4, Revelation 22:1-5

I think that is why I personally test and question on a daily basis if what I do is really pleasing to God at all. Maybe it also comes with age (as the Lord knows I’m not getting any younger) and the longing for spiritual maturity through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. John 14:26

But even at that I don’t always feel my focus is where it should be. Maybe I’m just venting here but there are some days in which I become so busy and distracted that God is lucky to get a fleeting thought from me, much less take time to really focus and pray to Him. Like so many, we can get very wrapped up with the details of our life that it can consume us. And THAT really bothers me personally if we profess to be a Christian because shouldn’t it be our heart’s desire ALL the time to worship Him, not just when it’s convenient or in a setting where everyone else is focused on Him? (say in church for example?)

I often think we let Jesus Christ down. I hightly doubt I’m alone in my feelings on that. Which makes it even much sadder. Because God won’t want to hear our excuses when we come face to face with Him one day for all we have ever said or done. He won’t want to hear our excuses as to why we avoid witnessing for Him because we didn’t want to feel persecuted, choosing instead to only remain “comfortable”. Or what about those who have been repeatedly warned and rebuked out of love regarding false teachings to lead them to the truth, yet have instead chosen to reject that TRUTH only so they can stay true to false teachers or false religions? Yes this is where the rubber meets the road, where our shame will hit us right between the eyes. God cannot be fooled nor will He be mocked. Nor will He share His glory with any other.

When tragedy strikes of this magnitude as it did with my cousin Dan it should encourage us to not put off sharing the Gospel with someone because tomorrow may often times be too late. We should care enough about someone’s soul and where they spend eternity to make the time to be a witness for Christ today.

This should serve instead as a good reminder of all the opportunities we miss in not sharing Christ with others. So many lost opportunities present themselves to us every single day that we simply ignore. We instead give way to worry about being labeled as “extreme” or intolerant” or somehow being “holy rollers” or facing persecution, losing friends, family etc. Matthew 5:11-12, Matthew 24:9-10, Matthew 10:22

You know there are plenty of “good and kind people out there” by the world’s standards. Many are atheists, Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, Mormons, Catholics and the quite possibly the person who sits next to you at your local church. Take for example Oprah Winfrey, Brad Pitt, Ellen DeGeneres…they all do good works, show acts of kindness in some way or another and YES people all around the world see this “good” in them as somehow a form of godliness. And while it is good to be a decent person and to show kindness towards one another it doesn’t automatically save them much less make them a follower of Jesus Christ. Romans 10:17

Just being the example of a “good person” won’t save them or anyone else. And truth be told, if we aren’t sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ on a daily basis, even casually, with the people we meet and rather just expecting by our “kind words or actions” to somehow bring someone to know Christ, I often think we are missing the point. Because they also need DESPERATELY to hear the message of the Gospel. 1 Corinthians 9:16, Matthew 24:14, Mark 16:15 It is what we are called to do as professed followers of Christ but I think more often than not what we offer Him is lip service instead. How very tragic that is. And you know most of us fail miserably at it. It’s too much trouble or we state we just don’t feel comfortable at it, but yet we make room for everything else in our life. We have a job interview that makes us uncomfortable but we still go, some of us may have to give a speech, we cringe to think about it but we forge ahead. But yet we tell ourselves we just can’t come to grips with sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with others. Try explaining that one to God who knows our every thought.

What if we see our neighbor’s house suddenly catch on fire. Wouldn’t we again do everything humanly possible to try and save the people trapped therein? If a tornado was headed in a relative’s direction you would certainly call to warn them of the impending doom. If a bridge was out on a highway due to a flood and you had family or friends headed that direction to visit you, certainly one would warn them to keep them out of harm’s way. And we do all these things out of love. Yet so often no one seems to care about those we meet on a daily basis who are heading down that SAME path of doom and into an eternal fire without Christ.

How we have become so LAX in our walk with Jesus Christ in not stepping up to the plate to do His work.

When we ONLY seem to care where WE personally end up once gone, I have to wonder just how Christ-like that is and who we think we’re really fooling?

I encourage you to take spiritual inventory today and keep examining yourself on a daily basis so that you remain in the faith. Acts 17:11 Ask daily what Jesus Christ would have you do as an instrument in spreading the Gospel of Salvation to a lost world that needs to hear it and clearly in need of redemption. Colossians 1:23-29

In closing allow me to quote from James 5:20 (KJV) 20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

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My name is Brenda and I am the Editor / Publisher of DEFENDING GOD'S WORD, a Biblical and Spiritual discernment ministry here to help you in rightly dividing the Word of God when contending for the faith. Our mission for this blog is to reach others with the Gospel message of our Savior Jesus Christ and to alert those caught up in the growing apostacy & deception infiltrating His Church in these last days so they are not deceived. Psalm 119:105 (KJV)

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  1. Debbie Pembleton says:

    Thanks Brenda, I NEEDED to hear that. Thank you for letting the Holy Spirit speak through you. God bless you and your ministry. You are definitely one of my favorites.

    • And Debbie may I also thank YOU for your encouragement as well in this Christian ministry. Glad to hear the message served as a blessing to you.

Romans 10:17 KJV

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