Monday, November 15, 2010

DISCERNMENT

Brothers and Sisters in Christ:


These days we are in need of discernment.  There are so many voices demanding our attention, clamoring for our ears.  We have entered a period of noise unprecedented in history.


At this hour, are you listening to Christ?  At this moment, is He your focus and desire?  This day, will you take up your limited time and energy with this or that worldly battle, this or that big conversation and controversy, this or that seemingly important spiritual thing, or will you be absorbed with the Lord Jesus and Him alone?


Every day I am bombarded with these same distractions.  And more than ever, Christ grabs hold of me and demands that I look upon Him, gaze upon Him, follow more closely at His side, ever vigilant against the enemy of my soul.  It is Christ who will free us from our bondage to this world.  It is Jesus who will call us from our religious graves.  It is the Lord, the Son of God, the Head of His Flock who will command us.


Too many of us are waking up focusing on our busy lives, our "must haves", our "must do" list, our "essential" non-essentials.  Too many of us who claim Christ are counting on the unimportant, and listening to the convenient.


It is too often only by stripping us forcefully of these that God will get our attention.


Paul said, "See what large letters I use as I write to you with my own hand!" (Gal. 6:5).  Why did he say this?  Because he was so passionately pouring out his soul to the chosen of God he wished he could write it larger and larger, make the letters so huge they could not ignore them and keep rushing about trying to live without Christ.


His simple message is lost today upon the crowds of milling, jostling, hurrying Christians out in the world.  


"May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me and I to the world.  Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is a new creation."  (Gal. 6:14,15)


This morning, this evening, are you satisfied with Christ?  Or are you hurrying after "circumcision" or "uncircumcision"?  Meaning, are we listening and hearing the voice of the Lord Jesus alone, and following Him, rather than seeking our solace in this or that religious or non-religious thing?


Many of us today are tempted to worry about the hurricane, or the earthquake.  Yet, like Elijah in the cave far up in the mountains, we are charged with waiting for the whisper from the Lord.  His is the only voice that matters for us.  Wait today for that "still, small voice" as He imparts to us His love, wisdom, grace, power.  Leave the clamor and babble to their noise.  Instead, listen for Jesus alone, and His Word.  He will answer.

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