Monday, September 28, 2015

It's the End of the World as We Know It

Well, the Blood Moon Eclipse has come and gone and we are all still here.
It's the End of the World as We Know It (R.E.M.) ran through my head this morning. I started thinking about what "The End of the World as We Know It" could mean and what the ramifications of it would be.
Obviously, if the Earth exploded, flew off into space, or catapulted into the sun, those of us who know Christ would find ourselves in heaven. Hmmm...I guess if something like that happens, Christ would come back and rapture us first, right? Never really thought about that before.
When Christ raptures the Church, the world as we know it will cease to exist.
If there is a zombie apocalypse, the world as we know it will cease to exist. (hee hee)
There are all sorts of scenarios that are discussed here and there. Most are interesting to ponder.
In reality though, God's Word tells us that Christ will return to rapture His Church and that no one knows when it will happen.

So.... I'm thinking about something that is probably as far-fetched as a zombie apocalypse.
What if all the Christians started living like Jesus?
I know...crazy right?
Just humor me...
What if every single born again believer in Jesus Christ started living like Jesus at, say... 2:00 tomorrow afternoon?
What if we stopped chasing the America Dream? What if we all sold our houses, cars, time shares, boats, golf carts and hunting camps and used all that money to feed the hungry and house the homeless? What if we canceled our country club memberships and gym memberships and stopped eating out 3 or 4 times a week so that we don't have to work so many hours and spent more time making disciples? What if we cashed in our IRAs and 401ks and our savings accounts and used that money to care for the widows and orphans? 
What if we stopped spending our Saturdays and Sundays and weeknights at the ball fields and spent that time making disciples? What if we spent that time sharing the love of Christ and the promise of salvation with...well, with people.
 What if we stopped making excuses for the sin in our own lives? What if we stopped spending so much effort making sure that "the world" knows how wrong they are? What if we saw every person as someone who needs Christ or someone who needs to be discipled?
What if we lived like we believe the Bible?
 What if "Sunday School Answers" were our REAL answers??
 What if we lived every moment of every day with only God's agenda on our agenda?
What if our ONLY goal was to make sure that EVERYONE we come in contact with knows the saving power of Jesus?
Jesus had a zero tolerance for sin, yet people gave up everything to follow him and traveled days just to be able to hear him teach. Jesus didn't have a praise band, a projector, a 3 point sermon, a children's ministry, a calendar of youth activities or a Sunday School program and people still followed him everywhere he went. He didn't spend time making sure that they understood how bad they were. (except for the religious leaders...he had to call them out) Jesus didn't make excuses for people's sin.  He simply told them to go and sin no more. Done. End of story. Move forward. No drama. No condemnation. Just go and sin no more. People loved him and wanted to be near him.
 What if we, as his church, lived like Him?
 I'm sure it would be the end of the world as we know it.
Many days my life looks no different than anyone else's. I know I can't live a perfect life like Jesus, but I DO want to live MORE like Him. Help me to do that. Show me the things in my life that make me look more like "the world" than like Jesus and help me to remove those things or change those things so that I look more like you.

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