Nope, this post isn't about my boys.
I hope though, that it will be a call to arms so to speak.
It is time to put down the poisons of judgement, the mirage of perfection, and the emptiness of worldly cares.
It is time for us to live what we believe.
I believe in Jesus Christ.
I believe that it is only by Him and through Him that any of us can ever return to the Father.
It is not for me to judge and decide who will or won't get into heaven.
We can try to live lives that look like perfection, but that is not mentioned anywhere in scripture. I have never read a passage that says, "If you have a picture perfect home, are married, have 12 beautiful children who are all dressed in matching outfits, play every instrument, sport and participate in every activity, send out amazing Christmas cards faithfully with a well written letter, and have a well manicured lawn, you are going straight to heaven."
Nope. Never have I read that.
But I have read, "Judge not that ye be not judged." Matthew 7:1-3
"...do good to him that persecute you and despitefully use you," Matthew 5:44
"For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me."John 6:38
It is time for me to fully engage myself to His work. To reaching out to the poor and needy, even if that means that I can't get that dent in my car fixed.
It means looking at myself and evaluating where I am lacking.
Do I care for others as much as myself, or do I care more about what they think of me?
Am I trying to look like everything in my life is perfect, or am I showing the world what God can do with a very imperfect person?
Do I have the courage to speak up and speak out when God needs me to?
Do I truly love, or am I honest enough to say, "Ok Lord, I have trouble loving this person, please help me love them."
Am I so busy finding the fault in others, that I can't see what I need to change?
Do I reach out only to those who are my friends and neighbors, or do I help those who can do me no good?
Do I know what Christ taught and what He promised, as well as I know what the characters on my favorite shows say?
My friends, fellow Christians, those who are coming to know Christ, and anyone who reads this that I will never meet in this life, it is time for us to put ourselves aside and come unto Him. It is time for us to unite, no matter what our religions might be, and stand on the merits of Christ. It is time to take His name upon us, step out in faith and stand together to show this world what He really is all about.
And that is to bring to pass that immortality and eternal life of man. To give us a chance to return to our Heavenly home. To know the peace and power of forgiveness and redemption, even when we have done NOTHING to deserve it!