Practical Messages for Impractical Times
I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! Revelation 3:15
Many years ago, I served as a juror on a very lengthy murder trial. Reviewing the evidence presented by the State Prosecutor and the Defending Attorney proved to be a daunting task. We were mentally and physically exhausted from dissecting the witnesses’ statements for hours. Deliberation continued for days due to indecision on the part of three jurors. The Foreman urged us to reach a unanimous decision. Finally, the Judge approached us to reiterate that we would not be a “Hung jury” in his court. A decision had to be made in a timely manner; the verdict could not be “maybe”, each juror had to make the decision of guilty or not guilty.
In Revelation 3, letters were written to three churches regarding their spiritual condition. The members of the Laodicean Church were wealthy and felt they had no further needs. Their hearts were not fully committed to God due to the love of money. The letter admonishes them to make a choice-there was no middle ground. God clearly stated the consequences of defining salvation according to their own thought processes.
Presently, there are three groups of individuals; those who serve God, those who do not serve God, and those who are in the valley of indecision-not committed one way or the other. As we progress in our lives, we cannot be a “Hung Believer.” The plan of Salvation does not contain variations or multiple options. We must make the decision to be obedient and serve God fully or please ourselves by developing a personal plan to not serve God.
The time is upon us-earth’s history is coming to a close. Religious liberty is slowly being withdrawn as evidenced by Bible burning and persecution for acknowledging God on a global level. The atmosphere of racial and religious tension has gained strength to divide the United States once again. Heinous crimes, substance abuse, and suicide have increased at a phenomenal rate. Families are torn apart and the list goes on and on.
The decision to serve God with all of our heart, body, and soul has a great reward-Eternal life.
Prayer for today: Dear God, I have been standing in the valley of indecision for too long. I want to commit myself to you. Please reveal your plan for my life. Amen.
Sonya Johnson Ruiz