“And Elijah came to all the people, and said, “How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people answered him not a word.”
1 Kings 18:21 (NKJV)
As any good parent does, we seek to be patient with our children because we love them. So we give them warning after warning and we do it in love. However, when they refuse to listen and obey, we transform from nice mommy to someone that’s about to correct improper behavior. It’s the quiet before the storm. God operates much in the same way. He is extremely patient and longsuffering with the undecided. He gives us chance after chance to choose whether we will live for Him or continue to live for the devil. We are living in His quiet before the storm. In this day in time, it’s popular to be a Christian, but it’s unpopular to be sold out. It’s popular to read the Bible, but it’s unpopular to live by it. It’s popular to pray, but unpopular to let the God we pray to govern our lives. In our refusal to choose to serve God, we find ourselves gradually drifting away into acceptance of worldly views and approaching judgement. Currently, there are over 6 billion people living on the planet. Out of this vast number, 2.1 billion are Christians. Yet, with all of this proclaimed faith in God, the world has grown increasingly wicked. If there was ever a time to let your voice be heard, the time is now! If there was ever a time to courageously live out loud, the time is now! Be bold in your stance for righteousness. Draw a line in the sand of whose side you are on. People will leave you, persecute you, and slander you, but it’s much better to upset a people rather than God. Don’t be ashamed of the Gospel and don’t be afraid of people’s faces. The Gospel is the power of God unto salvation. If God be God, serve Him!
Prayer: Father, today I make it official. I’m on Your side! You are God and I serve You. Come what may, I’m going to continue to live sold out for You by Your grace and power. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.