So, why do I put up this picture on this Sunday Morning Coming Down and what do I want the reader to take from it? Quite simply, it's this: Sunday is the Lord's special day each week, a day when we are expected to spend time with Him in His House and praise and thank Him for the blessings He has bestowed. Here in America, even the poorest of us is generally better off than ninety percent of the population of the world and it is our responsibility to show our gratitude to Him by our worship, our prayer, our commitment to reading and understanding His Book and then living our lives in a way that He expects. After all, we were made in His image, so why wouldn't we want to be as much like Him as possible?
But there is more that we need to consider. If Sunday is a day when we devote time to gathering together with other Christians in worship with song and prayer and the Word, why do we so often just shelve the Bible and ignore the other aspects of God's requests for so much of the rest of the week? Why is it we have so much trouble remembering that by keeping in tune with His love and grace every day of the week that our faith and our lives.will be so much more enriched?
The answer is simple. We live in a secular world where so many of us are afraid to speak up and make waves for Christ for we are fearful that we will be scorned, ridiculed and mocked. And yes, it's true that those happen to professing Christians, yet how come some among us are fearless and stand strong anyway? Why can't we be like that since Jesus warned us of what would become of this world and it's just doing what He told us would happen?
The answer is that we can stand up? All we have to do is keep the heart open, listen to the wise counsel of the Holy Spirit within us, reinforce that strength with prayer, the Word and fellowship with others of strong belief and just do it. After all, by following His wishes for us it is pleasing to Him and any pain we might face will never be more than we can withstand. That's a promise that the Father and Son both have made to us. And in the end, it will secure our destiny in His Kingdom at His table where He has prepared a place for us.
With the rest of your life, be an Onward Christian Soldier marching on to War. I'm not talking about the traditional war of mankind but the war of the Spirit, turning Satan away at every turn and showing the strength that a believing Christian should have and display. That is the route to Salvation and Life Eternal. Aunt Sylvia knew it and I know she is home with the Savior. I want to join her there when my time on this earth is over as well. Have a most blessed Lord's Day and keep Sunday alive every day in thought, word and action. That, in the end, will never fail you.