It Must Not Suffer Loss
I am also puzzled. He knew God’s Word—understood sin. Yet he has not awakened to the harsh reality of his departure from the truth. He flaunts his sin with seeming ease and joy. He greets as usual, those with whom he has always associated. He smiles, hugs, shakes hands while wearing clothing glittered with Christian symbols.
And in this brazen behavior he puts to shame the cross of Christ. (Hebrews 6:6) And for me—that is the greatest pain of all!
I wonder—is this a picture of the bride of Christ—spotless and untainted? Is this man’s sin a representation of too many who call Jesus Christ Lord of all? Have we lost our zeal for The Almighty who instructs us to “Come out from among them and be separate?” (II Corinthians 6:17) Furthermore…”You shall be holy unto Me, for I the Lord am holy, and I have severed you from other people that you should be mine.” (Leviticus 20:26)
“Holy Spirit, have I done the same? Have I caused you pain by my careless ways, hastily spoken words or by a sloppy approach to the throne of Grace? Have I lost reverence by texting during worship or by gossiping and complaining about those who work so tirelessly to bring Christ to all the nations?”
And does the enemy stand by laughing, “Ha Ha. So much for making the name of Jesus famous. And where’s the glorious church without spot or wrinkle? Why God’s people look just like mine! Ha ha ha ha ha”
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
“For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth.”
My tears run freely as I write these things. Such mocking of my Savior who ransomed me, brings deep distress.
Oh my beloved, we serve an untarnished King who has called us to walk before Him as a special treasure. Do you hear His plea today, His grief? We are His people set us apart above all people to be a display of His splendor. Stand up for Jesus, my beloved. Lift high His royal banner, His blood stained cross. It must not suffer loss!