"Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.' Philippians 2:12
I was talking with someone recently and this person voiced their concern at the way they see the "church" in America going. This person kept using the pronouns "we", "us", "they" and "our" in talking about what is happening.
While we are a body, the Body of Christ, and many members, the bottom line is-- when it is all said and done, it will not be about "us" all. It is about "I" and "me".
One day when we stand before the Lord and give an account, we won't stand there as a husband and wife, a parent and child, a family, an organization or a church. We will stand before Him individually. No one else will be beside us-- we will stand alone. Therefore, we must, make the choice and decision to personally follow the Lord Jesus Christ now. Even if it means that we have to go alone. Even if it means that no one else will stand with us. Even if it means that all forsake us because of Christ. Even if everyone that is near and dear to us turns their backs on us because of Jesus. No matter who and no matter what it may cost to live for Him, we must make the decision to "work out our own individual salvation".
Jesus asked His disciples one day who men said He was. His next question was, "Who do "you" say that I am?". Our theme song must be, "I have decided to follow Jesus. Though none go with me, still I will follow. No turning back. No turning back."
Is that your theme song? Are you sold out and surrendered to Jesus? So much so that even if you are forsaken, ridiculed, turned on, left by yourself, have no one with you and have to stand alone, will you? Is He worth it? Is following Him worth it? Is it worth it to be able to hear Him say, "Well done, good and faithful servant."? It should be. When it is, there is another song that you will sing, "It will be worth it all, when we see Jesus."
Have a great day. It is not about what "he", "she", "they", "we" or "them" is doing. It is about "I" or "me".
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