An Arrhythmic Heartbeat

An Arrhythmic Heartbeat

Friday, 04 June 2021

“Then Abraham approached him and said: “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked? What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous” – Genesis 18: 23-24 NIV

One of thee most important roles for a Christian is standing in the gap for someone else. Praying and crying out to GOD for someone else. Praying in secret without the person knowing about it. One of the greatest rewards is when GOD comes through and the person is standing in front testifying about what GOD has done in their life. Secretly, you rejoice because GOD has done what you have been secretly praying for. This is the type of Christianity that is not boastful and the motives are pure. Unlike some who might confess to the person saying “My sister do you know how much I’ve been praying for your breakthrough? I even took a dry fast pleading with the LORD to hear my prayers”. This is the self-righteous Christianity where the motives are not led and inspired by love. It’s the Christianity that requires and expects acknowledgment and praise, the type of love that is boastful.

Abraham in the above passage of Scripture was safe and sound and he was gonna survive the destruction. Yet because of love, he wasn’t ok with people perishing on his watch. He knew the responsibility that came with being God’s ambassador on earth and was pleading with the LORD for the nation in secret. As Christians, our mandate is to bring as many people as we can to salvation. The perishing and destruction of people who don’t know GOD should really trouble us. This perishing is happening on our watch and we are just not that bothered by it. The salvation of souls should be our primary goal (we ought to be consumed by it) and this is why GOD instructed us to seek first the Kingdom and he’ll sort out the rest. He even tells us that He knows that we need these luxuries and He promises that they are all covered, all we need to concern ourselves with is the work of the Kingdom, yet we are still consumed by them and we spend countless hours worrying about them.

“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13 NIV). Christ was not okay with sitting in heaven enjoying the luxuries that come with it. Our salvation concerned him to the extent that he offered Himself for our salvation. As Christ’s ambassadors on earth, and seeing that we are “Christ-like” we too ought to be consumed with the salvation of souls. This is really humbling and it shows where my priorities lie, that I can sleep soundly while millions of people are headed for destruction reveals the true nature of what’s in my heart. Something has to change because this type of behavior is not in keeping with the Gospel. What am I currently doing (as an entity, not as part of a church) to try to win as many as I can? Am I consumed with the salvation of others? The talents I’m given, are they multiplied or buried in the sand? I need to soberly evaluate my walk, change and repent before GOD that He may remove the heart of steel, and replace it with a heart of gold, a heart that beats for lost souls. Replace an abnormal rhythm (Arrhythmia) that doesn’t please the LORD.

As Christians, our mandate is to bring as many people as we can to salvation. The perishing and destruction of people who don’t know GOD should really trouble us

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