I realize I haven’t posted but The Desert Pastor has shared some of what has been happening in our lives over the past few weeks. It has been a long, difficult and trying time but not without joy in knowing the Lord is still in control in our lives. Here is an excerpt from The Desert Pastor:
“Over the past 2-3 weeks, my posts have been greatly limited as have my comments. A very small group of people are aware of what has happened in our lives, but we are thankful to the Lord for those who have offered words of encouragement.
“The Christian life is NEVER easy, but then again, the Lord Jesus Christ never promised that it would be. What can add further stress and turmoil within the life is serving within the ministry. The ministry has its own set of trials, joys, and headaches. Of recent days, the ministry has been extremely difficult as I will now share with my readers.”
The life of the believer is so fraught with trials, tribulations and suffering that were we to experience nothing we would have to wonder whether or not we are true believers. These days it seems to be the “IN THING” to say that God has a plan for you for good and not evil and that things will be a bed of roses. As true believers, we are NOT PROMISED THAT! We are promised a difficult time in this world and we must be wary of the thoughts within our minds that would say, “Things should get better! I’m doing the right thing so why am I NOT being applauded by the world? Why do even so-called ‘Christians’ seem to turn on me when I do what is right? Why don’t people agree with the Bible and just get on with life according to the Word of God?”
There are some verses that we need to look at to remind us that we are not of this world!
Matt. 10:24-25 says, “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher, and a servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more will they call those of his household!” (John 13:16; John 15:20-21)
Matt. 5:10-12 tells us, “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Lk. 6:22-23; 2 Cor. 12:10; Jms 1:12; 1 Pt. 2:12; 3:16; 4:14)
We must remember that we will not be applauded by the world or even by most so-called Christians when we do the “right thing”. Our lives will convict men’s hearts when we strive to be obedient to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Matt. 5:13; “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.”
Lk. 14:34-35; “Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is neither fit for the land nor for the dunghill, but men throw it out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
We are supposed to be salt and our lives are supposed to convict the lives of other men and women. One day we will have to answer to the Lord and we should want to hear Him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your Lord!” Let us each determine (with the Lord’s help and grace) that we will be salt to those about us in every area of our lives!