Giving Time to God,
How much time are we really giving to God in our daily lives? Do we set aside time for reading His word, praying and fellowshipping? Or are these just things we do when we have extra time? When we wake up early by chance or find we need direction in a certain situation?
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How does one attain a balance between God and life? How do you make sure you are allowing enough time in your life for God. Are you going to church enough? Are you reading your Bible enough? Are you praying enough? Where is the gage to know if you you’ve done all you can to serve Him and ensure your place in eternity? Stop asking yourself questions and go back to Romans 4. It was Faith that established Abraham as a believer, not works. If it was works, then salvation would be paid as a debt in exchange for work but it is a gift given to those who have faith.
Your works will not save you but your time spent in serving God by reading His word, worship and prayer will bring you closer to Him. My days do not go well when I try to live without Him, but when I begin the day in His word my faith is strengthened and my attitude is far better. It doesn’t mean things will go my way or my day will be better from a worldly perspective. Instead, I will have the peace of God to help me through the day whatever may come.
“Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and on the cloud sat One like the Son of Man, having on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle. And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, “Thrust in Your sickle and reap, for the time has come for You to reap, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.” So He who sat on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped.”
In these verses, we see two angels come with sickles in their hands to reap of the earth. This is an example of judgment upon the world. Those that have not followed Christ, and have chosen to walk without him will be judged for that decision.
“Then another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle. And another angel came out from the altar, who had power over fire, and he cried with a loud cry to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, “Thrust in your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth, for her grapes are fully ripe.” So the angel thrust his sickle into the earth and gathered the vine of the earth, and threw it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. And the winepress was trampled outside the city, and blood came out of the winepress, up to the horses’ bridles, for one thousand six hundred furlongs.”
I’ve recently heard a few theories that claim the book of revelation has already happened. The fact remains that God’s holy judgement will come upon the Earth one day and we need to be ready. There will be many who are caught unprepared, even though they were warned. Like those carried away by the flood even after Noah warned them it was coming. Though the Lord has promised He will never flood the Earth again, sin does not go unpunished.
The picture of the world as a wine press filled with ripe grapes is one of accuracy. While many believe they are generally good people and lead good lives, they fail to see that will not be enough to save them. Once again, it is only Grace that saves us from our sin nature. When the moment comes, and we are to be judged, I want the Lord to look upon me and recognize me as one of his own. Little sparrows, I pray that you too, will seek his grace and mercy in your life. And share that mercy with others so that they may know Him and be saved.