“For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” -Philippians 1:21
A genuine encounter with Jesus Christ compels us to re-define the guiding principles of our existence.
So does surviving a serious illness, accident, or pandemic. After his life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ on the road to Damascus, (Acts 9), Apostle Paul had to re-define his purpose in life.
After experiencing the faithfulness of God in difficult circumstances, Joshua did the same when he declared in Joshua 24:15: ‘..as for me and my house, we shall serve the Lord.’
In those circumstances, you do not need anyone to preach to you about God’s faithfulness.
You do not also require anyone to explain to you what the mercy of God, or His compassion means. Neither do you need any serious prompting to re-define the things that really matter in life.
It is obvious that covid-19 has changed the world for good. Thus, it can no longer be business as usual.
We must choose whether indeed we are on the Lord’s side or not. We need to re-define our life’s priorities, whether to continue to place greater premium on worldly things that have proved meaningless and unhelpful as we hide away from the killer-virus, or get closer to a loving God who, despite our unfaithfulness, has shown us such undeserved mercy.
In Luke 11:23, Jesus said: “He that is not with me, is against me; and he that gathereth not with me, scattereth.”
As believers and especially christian workers, we need to re-define how we serve God. Are you sure that Jesus is truly your Master? Jesus said in Mathew 7:21, that it is not everyone who calls Him Lord, that is truly His.
That means there are fake believers and fake christian workers. This should worry anyone who really desires to go to heaven. Do you have peace in your heart in the manner that you serve God? As a worker in God’s Vineyard or even a Pastor, are you absolutely sure that you are serving God with genuine commitment, honesty of purpose and without any skeletons in your cupboard? Are you distracted? Do you have another secret master?
When you kneel to pray or step on that sacred altar of God, do you experience peace or guilt in your heart? Roman 6:1 warns that we cannot continue in sin and expect God’s grace to increase in us. That means, a time may come when grace may cease in the life of the unrepentant.
When grace ceases, heaven closes and mercy stops to drip.
True Christianity is not a tea-party. Neither is it rocket science.
All that is required is genuineness of motive and a reformed heart.
Paul was a lettered man, yet he put aside his worldly reputation to serve God with total attention, humility and obedience.
Peter was a needy fisherman, yet he abandoned the greatest haul of his life, to follow Jesus.
They both had one thing in common: they totally re-defined their live’s priorities after encountering Jesus.
And they never regretted their choices.
You too can become a Peter or a Paul, if you choose to.
May you never know a better yesterday in your walk with the Almighty God, Amen!