Sitting in class right now, my professor said something very interesting. He was talking about taxing the transfer of wealth and what happens to your money when you die, and the whole time, my mind turns off and the spirit takes over and I say to myself, "Who cares about your money, where are you going when you die?" He went on to ask, "Does money make you happy? Does the truth set you free?"
When he made that second statement it triggered a message on my heart. Like most biblical teachings, or just biblical things in general, our society, our world, the enemy, has done a fine job of desensitizing them so that they go from being these words of wisdom that guard your hearts and your life, spoken by the Living God, to things of common place, but not common place in the sense that people live by it, but rather common place in that it is a common to say, but not apply. It is a saying, something to hear, but not something to do or apply; it is said in a nonchalant tone, instead of God-Fearing tone. Essentially, the words, the symbols, the meaning, lose their weight. This reality of a desensitized society goes beyond sayings like "The truth shall set you free". Even now in the season we are in, the holiday of Easter, which holds one of the greatest weights of all the holidays (I would say greatest, but that has to go to Christmas, for without a birth, there would have been no death), is now a holiday about peeps, eggs, and bunnies. Granted, bunnies, peeps, and eggs aren't a bad thing, but they are when they remove from the glory that is God and His ultimate sacrifice.
1 Cor 10:23"Everything is permissible"—but not everything is beneficial. "Everything is permissible"—but not everything is constructive."
How this applies to our above example, well peeps, eggs, and bunnies are good things, I mean who wouldn't want eggs filled with chocolate, followed by cute fluffy bunnies? But what is this bunny and his chocolate filled eggs doing to the image of Christ on the cross? You mention easter today and people immediately go to the bunny, and sometimes forget the weight of what our Lord did for us. This is a sad thing, and I don't know about you, but this makes me want to megaphone the good news and tell everyone. This is evidence that this world needs it more than ever.
What my professor showed me this morning was big. He doesn't even know he showed me something, however, God used him to tell me this. This world is lost. We are the light, the salt. We can't forget that. When we see someone who is lost, someone who the Spirit tells us, "Speak to them, say something," DO IT! Whatever is stopping you needs to be ignored. The truth will set those who hear it free if they accept it. The truth will set them free from the jail cell sin has placed us in, and move them into an open field filled with the freedom and peace we have of knowing that when we die, we have a kingdom for us. (Hebrews 12:28)
God has really burdened my heart with this. We are surrounded by people who need, need, need God. We can't be selfish with what we have been given. Read Matt 25, starting at verse 14, and you'll see what I mean. Whatever we are given, use for His glory. Whatever person He places before us, plant a seed, He'll water, you just plant and pray. Pray for good soil, He'll provide good water. Be sensitive to the spirit. Listen to God when He speaks and ALWAYS be ready (1 Peter 3:15, 2 Tim 4:2), in and out of season, which is to say, be ready when it is convenient AND inconvenient. A good example of this is if you see someone on the side of the road with a dead car, sure you'll be late if you stop, yeah it is inconvenient, but of the spirit burdens you, be ready.
Don't let the opportunities pass you by, for the times are becoming more and more evil. (Eph 5:16).
One more thing, should you let one pass you by, and later on you feel regret because of it, remember this:
"God never opens doors that have been closed. He opens other doors, but He reminds us that there are doors which we have shut, doors which need never have been shut, imaginations which need never have been sullied. Never be afraid when God brings back the past. Let memory have its way. It is a minister of God with its rebuke and chastisement and sorrow. God will turn the "might have been" into a wonderful culture for the future." - Oswald Chambers
Love you guys!