"Take Time To Be Holy!"
Words of Encouragement from Pastor Patrick Neil Addison, Sr.
Blessed children of the Father, Christians are not called to lose their hold on salvation to help their fellow Christians who are too foolish to help themselves. Truly it is not our responsibility to live the Christian life for our fellow believers even if it were possible- which it is not. Salvation is personal and we, as believers, can only stand and be judged for ourselves. We simply cannot carry someone on the backs of our faith into the kingdom of God. Each brother and sister must value Christ and the salvation gained through repentance and faith in him, for himself or herself. But. But, what? Yes, we are called to love our brothers and sisters in the faith, but this calling does not mean we have to sacrifice heaven for them. If our brothers and sisters do not choose to live prepared to meet the Lord, that is their choice, fault, and doom. I know it can hurt when those you love choose to sleep on the Lord. Additionally, I understand that feelings of guilt can trouble our souls when our fellow Christians choose the path of fools. We may find ourselves wondering if we failed them in some way and we may even find ourselves casting reproach on ourselves for the spiritual failure of our fellow Christians. Whatever the case, ultimately every Christian is accountable for his/her life choices.
Devotional reading for this week: Matthew 25:1-13 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. 2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: 4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. 6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. 7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. 9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. 11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. 12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. 13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. (KJV)
Devotional reflection for this week: Why would Satan want us to feel guilty over the choice of a fellow brother or sister in the faith to be spiritually lazy and unprepared to meet the Lord? What are some reasons a Christian will not be prepared to meet the Lord? How can we be sure to be prepared to meet Jesus?
Devotional prayer: Gracious Heavenly Father, bless me to live wisely before you. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
May Jesus bless you as you honestly think through the questions raised in the devotional reflection for this week.
Pastor Patrick Neil Addison, Sr.