Week 25 Day 7
Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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2 Corinthian 3:11 And if what was transitory came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!
12 Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. 13 We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away.
Are you “very bold”? I love this picture because it says so much and puts my heart on edge. First there is the time frame, sunset. Truly, I believe that the sun is setting on this sad and broken world. Second, there is the grasping clawing hand of the one reaching out. It speaks to me of the legion demons of skepticism, disappointment, doubt, fear, anger and apathy which the Spirit of Jesus faces in the world every day. It represents perhaps the last desperate reaching for hope. Third there is the proffered book. I like to believe that it is the very Word of God which is really all that we have to bring to the world in this day and age. Surely we have grown past the worldly “tactics” of evangelism which look more like corporate business strategies than heartfelt sharing of the love we have received.
Christian folk are no longer challenged to be “very bold”. I believe that we have sacrificed true preaching which brings the unbeliever to a point of decision and calls people to stand before the Savior and receive His love. The call for personal holiness which demands the Spirit infused Christian exercise the full array, dare I say, arsenal of the nine-fold fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) in each and every encounter with the lost and with those who are “in the camp” seems to be lost in an age of “therapeutic Deism”. I see churches dying not from the current “pandemic” but from the overall apathy resulting from dumbed down preaching which panders to the comforts and self-justification of the hearers.