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Meddler on the Roof

January 3, 2009

Family gatherings, such as transpired here on January 1, 2009 alawys seem to foster astonishment on my part. Every time such a gathering is scheduled, I always preceed it with fervent prayer for opportunities to share the gospel of Jesus Christ and to not say or do anything that will cause scattering. For the most part, the relatives in both of our families are completely without God and seem to never take spiritual matters into consideration. The spiritual warfaring that transpires 24/7 under my own roof is magnified many times over during such gatherings. As loved ones begin to arrive, the predictable patterns of conversation commence; usually about sports, politics, who’se in love with whom, the new three season room on the back of the house, and ten thousand other topics that focus solely upon life in this present world.

I always look for opportunities to share the gospel, but the blindness seems complete and the occupants thoroughly intoxicated by the conversations of this life. Sharing Jesus with them is like trying to explain how to create a painting; using techniques that reflect a perception of depth and lighting to a person who has been blind since birth. When anything about the Lord or the prophetic events transpiring “all around us” are brought up, or injected into the conversation, they simply “will not go there” and quickly race ahead to prevent the conversation from entering any further into such territory. While I enjoy visiting with the relatives that we only see on holidays, at weddings, or at funerals, these encounters usually end up in frustration and a feeling that I have failed as a good ambassador for Christ.  Everyone is seemingly so busy with their life in this world that they just don’t want any form of truth raining on their parade.

We’ve all been in the camp of the unsaved and can quickly recognize the blindness and the spiritual battle that is raging behind the scene. (Even though the surface will undoubtedly appear warm and cozy) We’ve all had our conversation in the past and desire that the truth of new life in Jesus would be understood by those around us. Yet such conversation is viewed almost as an unwelcome intrusion into their world of make-believe and in our loving concern for the lost, we become viewed as “the annoying troublemaker who just can’t leave God out of it.” In short, there is nothing new under the sun. The spiritual wrestlings of today are merely the latest eddition of a war that has been raging ever since the fall. The enemy strives to keep his captives in darkness and keep those with the truth occupied with a host of diversions. 

Matthew 10:26-27  “Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.” 

I Peter 4:3-5 “For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries: Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you: Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.”

The situation that transpired here on Jan 1, 2009 is one that transpires every day in neary every form of setting. Those in our midst having no desire to hear the gospel or even take into consideration that this present standing is very temporal and can end without warning. As such, it’s imperative for us to play the part of meddler. To proclaim the scriptural truth that all have sinned and that Jesus Christ paid for our sin; knowing that this will never return void. When truth goes forth, the ambience changes. Seeds are planted, previous encounters with the gospel will be clarified, and decisions will be required.  Truth simply cannot to forth and the ambience remain the same as beforehand. This should be preceeded by fervent prayer as to be atuned to the leading of the Spirit.

How important to be led of the Spirit when we go forth. While scriptural truth will never return void, the Holy Spirit knows what elements of that truth will go right to a particular need at hand. He knows the full story of those in the ambience; who is ready to hear what, who needs a confirming of something that we cannot possibly know about, who is right at the threshold of being born of the Spirit, and who is being offered their final warning after years of rejecting the grace of God. This even applies to those closest to us. I don’t know many of the thoughts that go through the minds and hearts of my own children. But the Lord knows every thought, every fear, every hope, and how close they are to being birthed into the kingdom. I can present scriptural truths at every opportunity, but must abide close to Jesus as to be ready with the right words at the exact right time.

Jude 22-23 ” And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others saver with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.”

This post could end here, but something else seems needful to mention. We can expect those who don’t know Jesus to be hostile toward the gospel as they are walking in darkness. We’ve all been there and can remember how we once were. Yet there have been several occasions over the years, where professing Christians didn’t seem interested in talking about Jesus. They are comfortable with their life in this world and they conduct their conversation accordingly.  Such a one; when talk of the return of Jesus (or any aspect of the prophetic fulfilment that’s underway) is mentioned, will quickly agree and may even give a hearty “amen,” but will actively seek to change the conversation over to physical prosperity, the political arena, their family, their careers, how the economy will rebound in 2009, or even sports. While these topics may not be necessarily bad, when they become the dominant theme in ones communication, something is amiss. The following is a quote from David Reagan of Lamb and Lion Ministries:

Most Christians have allowed their priorities to get very mixed up. Usually, job or career is number one, family is second, and God is third or even fourth, behind an obsession with sports or something similar. Ask yourself this question: If God were to give you the opportunity to make one request, what would it be? Would you ask for money? Power? Fame? Success? Solomon asked for wisdom, but David asked for something ten thousand times more profound – he asked for intimacy with God (Psalm 27:4).And because he put God first, he states in Psalm 27 that he did not fear life (verse 1) or death (verse 13). It is also the reason that he is remembered as “the man after God’s own heart.”

Well this post is long and has kind of drifted. When we consider the task at hand; the untold millions who are without Christ and headed for an eternity apart from God, it becomes obvious that there’s no time to be squandered. It also brings the realization that, in ourselves, we are simply not up to the task. We need to draw ever-closer to Jesus and yield to the promptings of the Holy Spirit; even when they don’t seem to fit the situation at hand. We are in an age of incredible darkness and increasing hostility toward the things of God. We must hold fast the testimony of Jesus (Revelation 12:11) and be ready for those final souls whose names are to appear in the book of life. (II Timothy 2:25-26, I Peter 3:15-16)

I wish to all a blessed day in Jesus.

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14 comments

  1. Hi Timbob,

    I think unsaved loved ones is one big reason Jesus has not come yet. I have the same experiences.

    I try to wedge in comments like, well that was predicted in the bible, when a current event occurs. Or, I will say the bible says this will happen next. I figure if I can get them to see that the bible is true, then maybe they will eventually agree to other things in it. Sometimes, when they do something kind or generous, I will complement them by saying how they are certainly showing the love of Jesus in that situation.

    Many Christians have hard ground to dig up, before they can get any seeds in. I can be a very weary task, but for many families, there is only one saved person. So in that case, there is a lot of work to do.

    I pray for all of us who have to go through this with our families.

    marianne
    http://heavenawaits.wordpress.com/


  2. that is supposed to be

    “It” can be a very weary task…………above 🙂


  3. Timbob,
    What you describe goes on several times a year at my house. The matriarch of our large family lives in this house so every time there’s a holiday, the family gathers here. On Christmas Eve there were about 40 in the house.
    I want to interact with my “unsaved” family members too but I know that it’s not possible without their being drawn to the light. So I just love on them and offer what I have to them. They know it’s there. It’s up to them to choose the light or to remain in the darkness.
    I’ve seen the Holy Spirit make some headway in some lives but since I’m not around them often, I don’t get to do much else but to pray for them.
    I’ll have to admit that this is somewhat frustrating to me because I’m a doer – a fixer, if you will.
    Hang in there Timbob. Your prayers are working whether you know it or not.


  4. Thank you Timbob for blogging about my family. The frustration runs deep at get-togethers. The thought that those you love could one day be apart from God for eternity is frightening and horrible. Keep up the good fight.


  5. “While I enjoy visiting with the relatives that we only see on holidays, at weddings, or at funerals, these encounters usually end up in frustration and a feeling that I have failed as a good ambassador for Christ.”

    I know how you feel! You want to show them Christ, but they refuse to see, or are too blinded by deception. I spent New Years Eve with a ‘christian’ family and was saddened by what I saw. These are people who “love” the Lord but who live a worldly lifestyle. They do charitable deeds but have chaos under their roof, however, they do not see it, or feel powerless to address it. (These are dear friends who I love and this has brought me much sorrow).

    As christians we must stand up for what is holy, and be an example to the next generation especially. I struggle with the influence of family on my own children, especially my son (master Ten). He sees other “christians” caught up in worldly things and I am left to try to re-claim lost ground with him. (This is a post I am struggling to write so will not go on – sorry).

    Thank you Timbob for sharing your struggles – you walk the road of a true ambassador for Christ and encourage others to do so also. Your light does shine in the midst of this darkness.

    Happy New Year to you and your family.


  6. As fivepeasinapod mentioned how he spent NYE with a “christian” family, I too spent Christmas and NYE with my family. And although they profess Jesus as their saviour, my parents’ house is still chaotic and their financial situation is a mess, and they address it by staring into the television set most of the day. My younger brother just bought a house and will be moving in with his girlfriend. I grieve over these situations and have prayed for years for a change, for the light to come on especially for my parents who were active in the church – deacon and a choir director but to no avail. It is very frustrating to me and sometimes I have wondered if they are truly saved.


  7. I just want to say thank you for your honest writings. This is the first time that we have come to your blog. And that is because you put an encouraging comment on our blog. Thank you. But my husband and I read through some of your posts and were so encouraged. As missionaries to Costa Rica we are actively doing and approaching, but it is so encouraging to see that people are still actively approaching and getting the message of God’s grace out to people in the States. Many people are quick to say that there are missions opportunities in their back yard, but rarely get out and do anything about it. They say, “Why go to another country when there are so many people here that need to hear the gospel too?” But then do nothing. Thank you for encouraging words on your blog and for getting out and doing the work of spreading the Good News.


  8. Thought I’d share this too…

    May be a bit of interest – Pat Robertson’s Thoughts for 2009 – it’s a video that lasts about 12 minutues


  9. Hi Marrianne. They almost seem like “show stoppers.” We interject scriptural references into the conversation and the entire flow of discussion just seems to stop. It is hard ground and one that requires much prayer. Thanks so much for stopping by.

    Have a blessed day in Jesus.


  10. Hi Jerald. One thing for certain is that the Lord is the one who opens eyes and grants repentance. We can seed and water, but the lord opens up the understanding. As he does with us. Thanks for stopping by.

    Have a blessed day in Jesus.


  11. Hi Ketch22 (neat screen name) It’s very sobering indeed. This is where the frustration comes in; the need for patience while at the same time seeing the profound lateness of the hour coupled with knowing that tomorrow is a promise to nobody.

    Thanks so muc for checking in. I’ll return the favor when time permits.

    Have a blessed day in Jesus.


  12. Hi five peas. In a way it’s almost mmore difficult to have these wrestlings with professing christians who should see the dangers of a worldly lifestyle. I almost can see why Jesus told the Laodiceans that he would rather they were either cold of hot. Wow. Thanks so much for sharing your comments. We indeed must stand for sincere holiness and truth; even when the brethren may think we’re overdoing it.

    Too many professing christians look at living for the Lord Jesus as kind of a chore. It’s not a chore; it’s complete liberty and peace. Thanks again for your thoughts.

    Have a blessed day in Jesus.


  13. Hi Countryfolk. Thanks so much for commenting. I made a mistake of not linking to your blog. If you read this, could you please leave me your site address again? I really enjoyed reading about you and the children passing out 800 tracts in San Jose. Thar’s awesome. Without a doubt, the harvest is great in every corner of the globe.

    Have a blessed day in Jesus.


  14. Hi Code. I continue to keep your family in prayer. My own household; while my wife attends church with me, doesn’t appear to be on board with a lot of things. There are serious schisms and conflicting signals generated in my own household and I often feel unable to change this. I pray much and this is a major part of spiritual warfare.

    May we continue to be a beacon on a hill for those around us whom we love so dearly and pray that the Lord will open their eyes. Thanks so much for stopping by.

    Have a blessed day in Jesus.



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