These past couple of weeks, God has been gathering me. Every time I turn around, He’s teaching me a new lesson, convicting me in areas that I’ve clearly missed the mark in.
While reading the three chapters of 2 Thessalonians today, God placed a mirror in front of me, yet again, to reveal my selfishness.
Paul, Silas, and Timothy’s words are still blaring loudly through my head. In an effort to not make this a lengthy blog, I won’t recount those chapters, but I encourage you to go and read them tonight. However, as I was reading, I wondered to myself am I being the best Child of God I can be? what areas of my life can I continue to relinquish over to God? How can I be more obedient? Am I loving God enough and doing enough to make sure that I will spend eternity with him?
Truthfully speaking, the part of the text that was speaking out “lawless one,” an evil deceptor that will claim to be Jesus, scared me. The scripture warns that he will perform “displays of power through signs and wonders.” Many will be fooled into believing that the Lord has returned. I couldn’t help but think about how crazy the world will be again. Christian’s who know the Word will be against this lawless being. I began to imagine all of the chaos this will cause and, honestly, it was frightful to me.
Then I asked myself, “why are you afraid?” I was as honest with myself with my answer as I have ever been. I’m afraid because I know that there are things I could be doing to be a better servant, a better child, a better follower, and a better believer of Christ. I do not want my lacking in any of those areas to allow me to be deceived. Most importantly, I do not want any of those things to prevent me from spending eternity with my Father.
Then God brought me back to reality. That fear is the trick of the enemy. God will protect his righteous from the lawless one. I have no reason to fear because the battle is fixed, and regardless of what the enemy and his lawless one tries to do, that will not ever change.
But we have a duty as believers to continue to spread the message of hope and love and faith. We have a duty to continue to be the best versions of ourselves and examples of Christ. And we have a duty (speaking to myself) to continue to strive to be the person God has called us to be. Of course we will fall, we will mess up, and there will be times we won’t get it right. But that should never stop our pursuit to have a better relationship with God. There is always more God to have, to House within us.
After that, I’m compelled to pray with you all: “Lord, thank you for your Grace. Thank you for the calling You have placed on each and every one of our lives. Be a reminder that we have no need to ever fear. But be our desire to continue to do great and be a great example of you for others. Separate the wicked ones from our lives, but draw them nearer to you so that they may be refined and made new in Christ Jesus. Lord, continue to reveal to us the areas in which we need to submit ourselves to You and allow us to be obedience when we hear your voice. In Jesus’ name, Amen.“
Love you guys!
May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.