Ephesians 5:15-16 (NIV)
15 Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise,
16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
Every moment of our lives count! The Bible says a man’s life is like a vapor. You read that when your young and you think, whatever. But the older you get the more aware you are of the truth of that Scripture. I’m now, 54 years old. In my mind, I’m still that 18 year old boy turning into a man that can do anything. But I’m starting to see there are many things that I think I can still do in my mind, but my body screams NO! after I try to do it! The average American male lives to be 72. If that’s all I get, and there’s no guarantee I’ll get that, then I only have 18 years left to live. My, my, my! Where did the time go? What have I done with my life? What can I still do in those 18 years left if that’s what I have left? I don’t know about you but I don’t want to waste another moment. I want to spend whatever time the Lord allows me to live here on earth, doing everything I can possibly do to further God’s Kingdom! Time is precious! Every moment counts! Every encounter with a lost person is a moment at the very least to plant a seed. Every moment I get with believers, is a moment to encourage and lift up my brother or sister in Christ!
I heard a missionary talking earlier this week and he went to 7 different countries where Christians are being persecuted and he interviewed them. When he went to China one of the interesting things he heard was the Chinese underground church said they were either siding with their persecutors or they were siding with Christ. And what they meant by that was if they failed to witness to others they were siding with their persecutors. So even though they might be arrested and jailed, they made it a point to witness to someone every day! The missionary told the stories of people suffering for Jesus. He mentioned being with 4 Somalian Christians and how they had been murdered for their faith in Christ. He stayed up till 2 in the morning telling them stories he had encountered in his journey. He was awakened at 6 AM with such loud noises that he was sure the authorities had come to arrest them. But when he got downstairs he was surprised to see all the Christians praying. Someone told him that his story about the Somalian Christians had so touched their hearts they had all decided to get up an hour early every day for the rest of their lives to pray for the Somalian Christians!
I heard another story of a man in Russia who decided to read the Bible to his children at least twice a week. When his neighbors found out he was doing this they wanted to be a part of it. Over time, he began to have a house church with 75 people coming to hear him read the Bible. The KGB came and arrested him & put him in jail for 17 years! The beat him unmercifully to try to get him to renounce his faith in Christ. On one occasion they went to his house & got some of his wife’s clothing and put them on another woman & dragged her in front of him, taking her to another room to beat her and eventually kill her to make him think they had killed his wife. For 17 years he would stand at the door of his cell and sing a worship song to Jesus. He was in a prison with 1500 hardened criminals. They hated him. Every time he would sing, they would throw things & just trash the prison. After 17 years they told the man they were going to take him outside & beat him to death. They told him he would be dead in 15 minutes. As they took him outside the cell a most amazing thing happened. The other 1500 criminals had their hands raised and started singing the same love song to Jesus that this man had been singing for 17 years! Even the guards were dumbfounded. Realizing they could not hurt the man or get him to renounce his faith in Christ, they let him go!
Now compare those stories to American Christians. A Pastor in America can call for a prayer meeting and it will be very surprising if more than 3 or 4 people show up! It’s time for the Saints of God to rise up and begin to live our lives with reckless abandon! Time is short! Let’s make the most of every moment God gives us! Let’s witness like our lives depend on it. Let us pray like our lives depend on it!
Consumed by the call,