Too Serious An Hour For Trifling
By Lois J. Stucky
What great honor and glory and pleasure ought we give to our holy and almighty God to whom we owe our very life and being! And how rightfully does Christ who has redeemed us to be His beloved bride, deserve our pure and full devotion, and the place of pre-eminence in our lives. Yet so strong is the pull of the world, the flesh and the devil that we read in Revelation chapters 2 and 3 that even in the earliest days of the church, Christ must rebuke the Christians for such things as leaving their first love, of deviating in doctrine, of compromising morally, and of becoming lukewarm. Hear Him as He solemnly speaks out: "As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten" (3:19). "Remember… from whence thou art fallen and repent" (2:5). "Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die" (3:2).
We Christians living in today’s fast-paced culture, so largely centered on selfish living, are in as much danger of falling from full devotion as were the early Christians. As serious Christians let us consider for a few moments together: "What are some of the things about which Christ would have us be watchful?"
What an important consideration is our eternal destiny! We dare not trifle in the matter of making sure of our soul’s salvation and eternal destiny and of holding "the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end" (Heb. 3:14).
Also, we cannot afford to trifle with the Word of God. Psalm 119:105 tells us God’s Word is a lamp to our feet, and a light to our path. It is also profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction and instruction in righteousness (2 Tim. 3:16). In today’s world of snares and deceptions, casually or occasionally taking up God’s Word must give place to an earnest effort to be in it daily – reading, studying, meditating, memorizing, going deeper into it, with the Holy Spirit as our teacher, as well as taking seriously those whom He has gifted to teach us.
Furthermore, we and others for whom we might intercede will suffer great loss if we trifle with prayer. Articles in this issue are very helpful in strengthening our prayer life. God has made the prayer connection between man and Himself foundational and essential to the advancement of His kingdom within us individually as well as in the world. It is too vital to take lightly, to pray only when we feel like it or if we can find the time after multitudes of lesser things have occupied us.
Readiness for Christ’s return is certainly not to be taken lightly either. Jesus commanded more than once to "be ready!" Many about us slumber and sleep, but might we hearken carefully to the words of our coming King: "Watch, therefore, for you know not what hour your Lord doth come…be you also ready; for in such an hour as you think not the Son of man cometh" (Matt. 24:42, 44). "…They that were ready went in with Him to the marriage: and the door was shut" (Matt. 25:10). Oh, the solemnness of these words of our Lord!
Our love and service to God must be more than just enough to get by. If I am trifling in my spiritual life along any line, might I repent and, like the Apostle Paul, press toward the mark with renewed fervency, by God’s grace and help.
Pray One for Another
Might we who are called to be saints recognize and love and unite in prayer with fellow members of Christ’s body around the world, seeking to edify, to mature and to perfect this body so precious to the Head, the Lord Jesus Christ:
Pray for pastors, missionaries and all Christian workers to be filled with the Holy Spirit’s love and power. Pray for strength and zeal to be diligent in fulfilling God’s calling. Pray they hold forth the truths of God’s Word faithfully, and live "soberly, righteously and godly" as good examples before the people whom they serve.
Pray for the elderly to receive strength and grace to bring forth fruit in old age. Might they realize the very important mission they can fulfill through prayer.
Pray for busy parents raising families, to seek and receive divine strength to meet their many obligations and yet to keep fervent in living for the Lord. Pray for wisdom to bring up their children in the ways of the Lord.
Pray that young people and children will love and obey the Lord with the strength and zeal of their youth, even if it means they must stand alone against peer pressure. Pray they will seek the direction of the Lord in their lives, and will gladly give their lives if He calls them to serve Him even far from home in a lowly place.
Please pray also for Herald of His Coming, asking for God’s provision to keep it flowing out on time monthly, with the fullness of His blessing resting upon the messages.