The GapNovember 2, 2006
Exodus 32:9-14 “And the LORD said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people: Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation. And Moses besought the LORD his God, and said, LORD, why doth thy wrath wax hot against thy people, which thou hast brought forth out of the land of Egypt with great power, and with a mighty hand? Wherefore should the Egyptians speak, and say, For mischief did he bring them out, to slay them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth? Turn from thy fierce wrath, and repent of this evil against thy people. Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou swarest by thine own self, and saidst unto them, I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have spoken of will I give unto your seed, and they shall inherit it for ever. And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.”
Here’s the scene that brought about this conversation between the Lord and Moses. The children of Israel had made a golden calf and angered the Lord. (Despite seeing all of the miracles and being fed in the wilderness by supernatural means.) The Lord was minded to do away with them and basically “start over with Moses” in establishing a nation to bear witness to his name. Moses stood in the gap and the Lord “changed his mind” I bring this up, because we are all surrounded by folks whose sins were paid for at calvary, but have never accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior. Just as you once were,if you’re born again. We too often don’t take “standing in the gap” for lost relatives and acquaintances seriously. The decision that a person makes concerning the Lord Jesus Christ is by, far the most important decision that one will ever make. In other words, you can choose a career, decide where to live, chart out a path for your life, call yourself a republican, democrat, or a third thing, put any number of titles with your name and it doesn’t really affect much other than perhaps the perception that others have of you. The decision concerning Jesus Christ, however, will determine whether you have eternal life in a world without end or end up in a state of perpetual torment in a lake of fire.
As christians, born again and filled with the Holy Ghost, we understand this and yet too often we don’t really take it to heart and as a result we fail to “stand in the gap” through prayer and even fasting for those around us who aren’t ready to enter eternity. This situation hits precariously close to home for all of us and we need to really take this seriously. The world that we see is as nothing in comparison to the world that we don’t see; a topic that I’m minded to address on philippians320 is a few moments. Eternity really means forever and ever. Whatever your lot in life is at this moment, it will come to pass. One day you will leave your place of work for the last time. One day you will get your last haircut, eat your final dinner, listen to the news for the last time, give your final hug to another, and speak your final parting words. This world and your participation in it will eventually conclude. The world to come, however, will go on forever without end. For this reason, we must be all the more diligent in doing all that we can to reach the lost.
II Timothy 2:24-26 “And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if god peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.”
Reaching those around us who are lost; as we were once lost. (Here’s a thought. If I had died in August of 1983, I would be in hell at this very moment.) While we can share the gospel and be a light in the world as we’re supposed to do, its the Holy Spirit that does the real work. We need to be in fervent prayer for those around us as time is short. A lifetime goes by like a summer breeze. Here for a moment; then, gone forever. As in so many posts, I’m getting on myself concerning this. Last night, on my way home from work, I was realizing just how much energy I waste on unprofitable nonsence. It has to be reigned in and I took a long way home from work last night to pray and repent over the runaway goofology. I know that Paul stated how he became all things to all men that he may of all men win some, but it can be carried way too far and such is an ongoing battle that I wrestle with daily. (The sarchasm chromosome doesn’t like to sit quietly.)
“Rescue the perishing” It’s a song that you don’t hear too often these days, but it’s what we’re here for. To proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ who came into the world to save sinners. To tend to the business that really matters. We have elections in five days. While political power is in the balance (well; maybe) it really has no weight in eternity.
I would encourage every saint of the most high God to more diligently pray for and strive to reach those around us who are not ready to enter eternity. This is our great commission and our responsibility.
Daniel 12:3 “And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.”
I Corinthians 1:18 “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of god.”