From the minister's desk
“Ignoring or Avoiding God”Categories: from the minister's desk
“Examine your own selves, whether you be in the faith; prove your own selves. Don’t you know that Jesus Christ is in you, unless you are reprobates?” 2Cor.13:5
Reprobate means ‘to reject as unworthy, unacceptable or evil. To refuse to accept or reject, not standing a test, depraved or condemned.’ Who wants to be this or seen as this? So, we are told to examine our own selves. Many ignore or avoid examining themselves for fear of what they might find. There may be too many things, people or
places they may have to give up. Not many will say outright that they reject or refuse to accept Jesus, but many do it in their actions and attitudes. I want to help us ‘avoid being castaway’ as reprobates or rejects by Christ.
Life is too short, and eternity is too long to miss this “great salvation” offered unto us in our time. Our time is now, and we are told to “walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time for the days are evil.” Eph.5:15-16 We ought not ‘ignore or avoid God.’
As we study the subject, “Still Fleeing to Tarshish” the focus is to help us ‘stop running from our God given responsibilities’ and trying to ‘ignore or avoid God.’
Read Psalm 139:1-15... Believe it and you will stop trying to ‘run from, avoid or ignore God.’ Our God is ‘omnipresent’ meaning He is everywhere all the time. Our God is ‘omniscient’ meaning He knows everything about everything and everyone! Our God is ‘omnipotent’ meaning all powerful, having unlimited power and authority. Who in their right mind after learning this and believing it would even think about running from the Lord, ignore Him or try to avoid Him? We know better! Let’s do better for the Lord’s sake and ours.
Jesus tells us not to run from him or avoid him, but to “come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart and you shall find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Mt.11:28-30 What a loving Savior. Why would anyone try to avoid, ignore or run away from Him? Where else could you go? He is the one who has eternal life. Let us not end up being castaway because of our rejection of Christ, disobedience to God and fleeing to Satan.