That’s what Will asks me right before he tells me something I don’t want to hear or could hurt my feelings.
Basically? It means no pouting, putting on my big girl pants, and listening with an open mind.
Sisters in Christ, can we have a grown-up conversation today?
Before we go any further, I feel like I should clarify that I’m an evangelical Christian (as if you hadn’t gathered that by now 😂) and believe in the literal return and rule of Jesus on the earth one day.
I have become increasingly burdened for the Church, particularly in the Western world, and a sense of urgency has awakened in me.
Jesus instructed believers that He would come soon, and from his resurrection 2,000 years ago unto now, the Church has lived expectantly.
The Bible talks about scoffers in the last day mocking faith and living in complete sinfulness, unbelieving His promise to return.
But He is not slow in keeping his promises.
I thank God for His rich mercy.
That He waited on me, that He waited on you.
But one day, the wait will be over.
Whether things start to unfold five years from now or 25 years from now, I believe the Church must examine our own depravity instead of so quickly pointing out the depravity of others.
Because, from the days of the early church to us today, it’s what we’ve been commanded to do.
To examine our hearts, to test the spirits, to be about His work.
To love others.
To share the Gospel.
To anticipate the Blessed Hope.
To be crucified with Christ.
Yet, if anything, I feel instead of looking more and more to the Cross of Christ, we’re looking to it less and less.
It’s so easy to rely on ourselves, especially in America.
Self-reliance breeds more attention on ourselves, and less reliance on God.
It focuses on our own merit, and only dabbles in Jesus and the Church.
We rank ourselves as though we’re better or less sinful than others, when in reality we’re all hopeless and in need of Jesus and His saving grace.
So some of us sit on that blessed assurance and never do a single thing to share our hope with others.
Friends, faith without deeds is dead!
We’ve become less with concerned with serving others, and more concerned with how we can serve ourselves.
We’re casual and noncommittal.
We can toy a little with Jesus, and plunge deeply into our own achievements and conveniently live life on the fence.
Jesus warns of lukewarm hearts.
It makes Him sick.
I’m speaking to myself too here, friends.
I share these things because it’s time we awaken our hearts to the Truth of His coming.
It’s time we stop playing church. It’s time we stop living halfheartedly and safely.
I believe we’re quickly approaching a time in which safe and half-hearted will no longer be options.
When believing in Jesus will be costly.
He told us these very things Himself.
We need to decide today, now, whether we will stand firm in Christ or shrink back.
We live in a society where there are no longer absolutes and anything goes.
Only, there are absolutes.
And although unpopular, it is imperative the Church rise up in love, and stand firm in the faith regarding Truth.
The Bible warns of the love of many growing cold in the final days.
Is our love already growing cold, friends?
I pray not.
I feel we’re at a crossroads here, where Christians are about to step into a time of increased persecution throughout the world, and I pray our love burns hot for Jesus, and hot for the souls of others.
That we’re resolved and steadfast. Not in ourselves, but in His promises.
I fear we’re so focused on living our best lives now that we’ve taken our eyes off the Hope that awaits us in Christ.
If we know Jesus, our best lives are not now.
The world is fading away and everything in it.
May we refocus our affections on things above, and not on earthly things.
May we recommit our affections to the only One worthy of them.
May we open our eyes to the scriptures and read them with open and expectant hearts.
May we seek Him fully, and may we surrender fully.
May our hearts break for others.
May we choose to stand firm today, and stop living complacently.
No more half hearted commitments.
May we take up our cross and surrender, truly surrender to His call.
Regardless of whether you believe in some of the things I’m sharing, I urge each of us to examine our hearts to ensure we are in the faith and living a life dedicated to the cross of Christ.
I realize today’s a heavy post, but that’s what “grown-up conversations” are at the B-Love house.
They’re not meant to provoke, but instead invoke reflection, consideration, and action.
Let’s examine ourselves and act in love and in Truth.
Let us live expectantly for the coming of our Lord.