No, I am not telling you to shirk your responsibilities; I’m telling you to prayerfully consider where you stand, and ask yourself if you are reacting on faith or in doubt.
The reaction of FAITH will cause the believer do everything within their power to move forth with the cause that God has given them. The reaction of DOUBT will find excuses, and live a guilt-ridden life for not doing what they know they are to do.
You may squelch that guilt, or moreso, you may be desensitized to the imperitive nature of the task by an onslaught of graphic movies or negative media. But, when all is quiet, you still hear it. And, when you pray, it gets a little louder; and yet again you (we) stall.
Most of us have heard the phrase, “When God closes a door, He opens a window.” Those are the people who are neglecting the tunnel, or as in the case of the ‘Paralytic born of four,” in the second chapter of Mark, the ROOF!:
1When He had come back to Capernaum several days afterward, it was heard that He was at home. 2And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room, not even near the door; and He was speaking the word to them. 3And they came, bringing to Him a paralytic, carried by four men. 4Being unable to get to Him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above Him; and when they had dug an opening, they let down the pallet on which the paralytic was lying. 5And Jesus seeing their faith said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” 6But some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, 7“Why does this man speak that way? He is blaspheming; who can forgive sins but God alone?” 8Immediately Jesus, aware in His spirit that they were reasoning that way within themselves, said to them, “Why are you reasoning about these things in your hearts? 9“Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven’; or to say, ‘Get up, and pick up your pallet and walk’? 10“But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—He said to the paralytic, 11“I say to you, get up, pick up your pallet and go home.” 12And he got up and immediately picked up the pallet and went out in the sight of everyone, so that they were all amazed and were glorifying God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this.”
Those four men, who remain nameless in scripture, still illustrate my point; When you know what you must do for the Lord, act. Don’t pause, don’t stall… other people’s eternities are at stake, as we are a witness to His power!
In this episode of Gospel Music Roundup:
Canaan Bound Build An Ark
Instruments Of Faith We Will Follow
Dan Adkins You Can’t Take It With You
Signature Quartet Go Far
The Burneys You’ll Never Walk Alone
The Crownsmen Faith Unlocks The Door
Colonial City Quartet Didn’t It Rain?
Tim Kessee Christian Soldiers
Wendell Austin If I had My Life To Live Over
Country Cousins Music Melt Me
John Paulus A Few More Miles
Mickey Alexander Ministries Where The Guilt Stops
Mark Cable Came So Far
Lottie Collier Mountain Movin’ Man
Gary Mott What are ya tryin’ to tell me?
Circle Of Friends Soul Winner