Friday, March 26, 2010

If I Ignore You Will You Disappear?

I don't think we get God. I mean I really don't think we understand what his plan and relationship is about. Unfortunately most people live by the philosophy "out of sight, out of mind"; if we do not have a constant visible reminder of God's existence we put him out of our thoughts during our daily living. We may remember him at Easter and Christmas, and the more faithful followers will remember him once or twice a week, but that's it. Just take few minutes to reflect on this if you think I am wrong.

A few telltale signs of this attitude is if you make decisions all day without once talking it over with Dad, until one of those decisions land you in hot water. Even then, do you call a friend or seek someone's advice before talking it over with Dad? Do you go a whole day without once thinking about our Dad or our big brother, Jesus? The problem with "out of sight, out of mind" is that God ends up with no influence in our lives let alone being the master over them. We don't get it. We don't get who God is, what he has done for us and what he expects from us.

I am not one who likes to deal with the negatives and the "what ifs". I prefer to assume the best from everyone and to deal with the "whens", but facts are facts. There will be consequences for us ignoring God. It is not the bad things we do that will end up getting us into hot water but that one decision to ignore Jesus:

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son. (John 3:16-18)

Ignoring or not taking a decision is the same thing as taking a decision. This is an age of grace we live in but it will not last forever. God is seen throughout your day if you would only open your eyes. Those of you who claim to be Christian had better get your eyes open as well and start including him in your day. Jesus did not go to the cross to be ignored and although today is not the day of judgment, understand, it is coming:

See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, "Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens." The words "once more" indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain. (Hebrews 12:25-27)

There is a reason we call Jesus Saviour; he is the only one who can save us from the approaching wrath of God. There will be a great cleansing of all things that are not submitted to the Creator, anything that is an abomination in the sight of his purity and perfection. The only thing that will save us is the sacrifice of Jesus but if Jesus says of you "I don't know you", who will save you then? You need to get rid of your "out of sight, out of mind" mentality and gain some eyes to see and know the invisible presence of Jesus in your life.

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:16)

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