SOME PEOPLE ARE BUSY.
“38 Now it came to pass, as they went, that He (Jesus) entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received Him into her house.
39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard His Word.
40 But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to Him, and said, Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.
41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, you are careful and troubled about many things:
42 But one thing is needful: and Mary has chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42
SOME ARE BUSY BEING RELIGIOUS. THEIR WICKS ARE NEATLY TRIMMED BUT THERE IS NO OIL IN THEIR LAMPS.
“Then shall the Kingdom of Heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom comes; go ye out to meet him.
7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.” Matthew 25:1-12
BUT THERE REMAINS A REMNANT WHO HAVE NOT BOWED THE KNEE TO BAAL.
“10 And he (Elijah) said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: for the Children of Israel have forsaken Your Covenant, thrown down Your altars, and slain Your prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.
11 And He (God) said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake:
12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.” 1 Kings 19:10-12
The Lord was not in the wind. He was not in the earthquake. We may be but He’s not. Get back in the boat. The religious distractions have kept us busy. The storms have swept us to and fro. It is high time the Church, those who are called by His Name return to their First Love – Jesus Christ. His Sacrifice paid the penalty for sin for the believing sinner and broke the power of sin for the Saint. His still small voice remains for those who have ears to hear what the Spirit of the Lord is saying to the Churches.
There is a remnant. A remnant who is going to the four corners of the earth and declaring the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified for Salvation and for daily living for God. We have SEEN the Salvation of the Lord in our own lives. There are trials and tribulations but we know in Whom we have believed and we are fully persuaded that He and He alone is able to keep those things which we have committed unto Him.
Jesus Christ paid the price for whosoever will believe. He has Redeemed us and is fully able to keep us if we continue looking unto Him, the Author and Finisher of our faith. One day soon and very soon our faith is going to become sight and we are going to see Jesus Christ face to face but until then we must not be preoccupied with the world. We must not occupy until He comes. There is a lost and dying world who needs to know the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified. The only thing we can take with us to Heaven is souls…nothing else matters.
There is a religious majority who are doing many wonderful works in the Name of Jesus but they themselves are not even Saved. Come out from among them. Do the work of the Lord. Study to show thyself approved. Be determined to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Be still and see the Salvation of the Lord. Listen for the still small voice.
-Donna Clark Warren