Sunday Rest and Reflection:Suddenly!

Dear Friends of Jesus Christ,

Greetings on this first day of a new week!  Today we have a new opportunity to gather with God’s people and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ!  What a privilege we have to gather without fear and worship freely!  Many around the world must meet secretly and watch closely for fear of punishment or death.  They are always aware of the cost of following Jesus Christ and are also aware of how quickly and suddenly they could stand before Him.

This is something that American Christians may be missing.  We are so complacent about gathering together for worship and many excuses keep people from church.  Some like to sleep in because it is their only day off.  Others place sports, pleasure, recreation, or family ahead of meeting with God’s people.  Some just don’t feel like making the effort and rationalize that they can turn on the TV and hear a message that will take the place of going to church.

A common theme in this past week’s readings has been complacency.  The warning of these minor prophets called God’s people out of this deadly sin.  Amos cried out, “Woe to you who are complacent in Zion, and to you who feel secure on Mount Samaria”. (Amos 6:1)  Micah warned of prophets who told fortunes for money to people who claimed that God was among them but showed no fruit of repentance.  (Micah 3:11-12)  Habakkuk cried out for revival when God revealed His coming judgment on a complacent people.  (Habakkuk 3:2)  Zephaniah warned God’s people of the sudden coming of the day of the Lord when money would not save people, only His mercy would be of help.  (Zephaniah 1:14, 18)

Jesus Christ also warned His people that the day of the Lord would come like a thief in the night.  (Matthew 24:36-44)  God’s people must be ready!  We must keep our focus and realize that that day might be today.  Have you prepared to meet God?  Are you living in known sin?  Are you complacent in your walk with God and neglecting to gather with God’s people?  Take time today to reorder your priorities!  “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:25)

In His Love,

Pastor John

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