The one thing that is a certainty that this pandemic, labeled Covid-19, has done to our society is to alienate us one from another. The Webster dictionary defines alienate as: To estrange (to keep at a distance) as the affections one towards another.
When humans are kept from socializing with one another, especially from our relatives and loved ones, our total lives generally reflect the strain and our fleshly hearts can eventually become harden. But there is a scripture found in the Gospel of John 10:10, that we must hold onto:
“Jesus came that we might have life and have it more abundantly.”
Have you ever stopped to think that perhaps this period of isolation from each other was designed by God specifically to draw us closer to him and his plans for our lives? Have you looked at this absentee time from others as an opportunity to renew a right relationship with his Son Jesus Christ and to sit quietly and commune with Him?
I can only imagine that some of you are surely catching up on your reading of Christian periodicals and tuning in to more Christian programming on Zoom, TV and radio. And no doubt all of this newly acquired influx of information has helped you to realize just what is missing in your Christian walk. But would you agree with me that perhaps now is the time to sit quietly at your table or desk with pen and paper and to write down just how effectively your personal daily actions truly align with God’s heart and his unconditional love for all humanity.
In other words, do you have an intimate relationship with our Lord and Savior?
There was a time in my life when I did not have this intimacy. I confess that sinful ways, a lack of trust and unbelief, and just down-right stubbornness had kept me from surrendering totally to the virtues of Jesus Christ. May I suggest that before you start writing down your own list, concentrate on those things that may have so easily beset you and kept you from becoming ‘souled-out’ for the Lord. Was it disappointment in your receiving from God a favor or something more transparent like I just listed? Be honest! You can tear up the piece of paper after you are finished.
My Own Personal Confession of Disobedience:
Many years ago, my church in Maryland asked me to speak at a family retreat. This meeting was to be held at a camp where family units could be housed together at a very low rate. I felt honored to have been awarded this opportunity to contribute godly instructions to the men, women and children of our flock, all at the same time. The Holy Spirit had endowed me with biblical perceptions everyone in attendance could relate to.
My allotted time to speak was after dinner during the evening session. All during dinner, I specifically remember experiencing a slight tap on my shoulder and hearing an invisible whisper inviting me to return to my room to retrieve a message. I looked over my shoulder a couple of times to see who was trying to get my attention, but no one was there.
After dinner, a few single ladies invited me to join them for ‘girl talk’ and to relax before the evening session began. And although my inner most thoughts reminded me of the mystery invitation I had experienced during dinner, I brushed them off and went with the girls. Needless to say, our ‘girl talk’ got a little ridiculous and I excused myself and went to my room to dress for the evening.
To make a long story short, that evening, as I was delivering my talk to the attendees on the topic of the importance of developing a right relationship with God…I forgot my words. I stumbled over my presentation. All I could hear in my spirit was a still small voice whispering ‘how can you teach others on right relationships with me when you don’t even recognize my voice?’ Some how, by the grace of God, I got through my message, but after the meeting I went straight to my room and sequestered myself from all others. I spent the night repenting, crying and asking God for forgiveness.
|I will end this blog with a prayer taken from page 65 of Live Loved, a devotional book by Max Lucado: “Gracious Father, we know that we don’t always please you. We fall short of your standards again and again. When we are discouraged and feel we are failing you, remind us of your perfect love and your grace. Thank you for reminding us that your perfect love casts out every wrong and keeps no lists of our failures. Every time we fall, help us to reach for your grace, amen.|
Scripture Lesson: “For he has rescued us out of the darkness and gloom of Satan’s kingdom and brought us into the kingdom of his dear Son, who bought our freedom with his blood and forgave us all our sins.” Colossians 1:13 Living Bible
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