“My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither
be weary of his correction: For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a
father the son in whom he delighteth.”
~Proverbs 3: 11, 12 - King James Version
Years ago when I worked in nursing homes I used to hear the residents talking about their parents taking them out to the woodshed. I asked one of the residents what she was talking about. I said “Why did your parents take you out to the woodshed when you did something wrong”? She said “They took me out there to punish me when I disobeyed them”.
There are times when we do things that displease Jesus and makes Him unhappy with us and He has to take us out to His woodshed but His woodshed is different because He never whips us or yells at us. He tells us in a firm but gentle voice what we are doing wrong and what He wants us to do to correct it.
I think if we will listen with our hearts that He is saying to every person who claims to be a Christian “Why don’t you believe Me? I have told you that I am coming back and to be ready, yet you focus more on material things than on Me”. We read in the Bible “Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh” (Matthew 24: 44).
If we really believed He is coming back at any minute, we would never worry about schedules, time, jobs or anything else. We would be in a constant state of joy and expectation. May God forgive us for doubting what Jesus has told us! Are you ready to go should He come back while you are reading this? Have you asked Him to forgive you, come into your heart and be your personal Saviour? If not, please do it now before it’s too late!
March 18, 2007
The purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.