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"That's What I Think"


editorials by Dave Parker

   

What Do I Do?                                                                                     

When we consider the chaos and wickedness in all sectors of society, what do we do?

First of all, as Christians we know from "God's Holy Written Will" for humankind, the Bible that whatever we do by our own reasoning and self efforts will be profitless. We may have "success" in the eyes of our peers, but God will not be pleased.

When God brought us into this world He had a specific plan for our lives. We need to seek Him daily and we need to search "His Will" to determine what it is He wants us to be doing whether it is the choice of a vocation, a spouse, a church or what we need to do today.

We are not held accountable to bring major change to the World, but God's "Will" tells us explicitly we are required to be controlled and led by His Holy Spirit. When we yield to His will we find the correct course of action for our lives.

As we go through the daily practice of learning to know the Lord's mind for the specifics of the "What Do I Do?" there are some practical habits we need to develop. They are:

  • Pray continuously - Converse with the Lord throughout each day (Ephesians 6:18).
  • Bless the Lord (praise Him) at all times (Psalms 34:1).
  • Rejoice in the Lord always (Philippians 4:4).
  • In everything give thanks (I Thessalonians 5:18)
  • Study "God's Will", The Bible (II Timothy 2:15).
  • Do your part daily to share "The Good News of Salvation" with anyone who will listen. First we need to be willing and then obedient to the leading of the Holy Spirit in this effort (Matthew 28:19,20).

Last night I had a dream. I was in a field of corn during harvest time, late at night; it was very dark. I could see a few workers in the field but instead of a systematic process of harvesting there appeared to be much confusion.

My attention was soon drawn away from these workers to an area that was bustling with activity by persons who appeared to be those who were in charge of the Harvest. However, though they were in leadership, there was no sign that they were contributing to the harvesting process.

When I woke up I contemplated the implications of what I had seen. We live in great darkness today. Darkness also speaks of a time when no man can work (John 9:4). Without question there is much confusion regarding what effectively brings in the harvest. The things that are being done in the name of "Christian Ministry" amaze me.

The bustling of much activity amongst Christian organizations and their leaders certainly is not bringing about any great harvest although if they were appraised by their planning, organization and showmanship they would be considered a smashing success. You hear so much about this and that crusade drawing large crowds and that there was such a huge movement of God's Spirit. My response is always, show me the changed lives.

When I appraise many of the methods and practices of those who claim to be part of the harvest, the life of Cain comes to mind. He offered a sacrifice to God, but he was not obedient regarding the type of offering and it was not accepted. God told His people in the time of the Prophet Amos, "I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell (appreciate) your solemn assemblies. Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts. Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols." I often wonder how much of what goes on today in our churches is acceptable to God.

When corn is harvested, its the kernels that are the primary reason for the harvest. But, before those kernels can be useful for consumption, they have to be cleaned. That provides one of the answers to the question, "What do I do?" We need to get cleaned up in our hearts and in our lifestyles! Before we can be useful to The Harvester (The Lord Jesus) we need to cleanse our way (Psalms 119:9,11).

Another use for those kernels is that of seed. The seeds are planted, they die and bring about new life, new plants of corn bearing many more seed (kernels). What a picture this is of our need to die to our selfish ambitions and be made alive to the reproductive process of bringing many new souls into the Kingdom of our God.

I do not mean to imply that no Christian should be involved in changing society whether through being in government, the legal system or by any other legitimate means. What I do hope to make clear is that, whatever we do needs to be in the will of God. Then and only then will our activities bring about His purposes. Further, no matter what vocation or activity we are involved in, no one is excluded from the obligation and privilege of seeking out those who will believe in our Lord Jesus Christ. Also, we need to train those that get saved how to be productive in their efforts to seek out others.
 


 

These editorials will not always be a daily product. However, as I am able I will endeavor to bring to writ my reflections on society.

Have the best day you have ever had and may they get progressively better every day hereafter!

Dave Parker

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