Do you spend a lot of time being entertained?
I like being entertained – and especially love watching a fire in a fireplace, dining out, seeing good movies, reading, gardening, and traveling. Rather than engaging, for the most part, I observe…But what is this observational entertainment taking me from – or taking me to? You’ll notice I didn’t list any volunteer events or selfless giving of time and energy…
Today I was startled out of my complacency while listening to a sermon series by Chuck Swindoll titled “Wars and Rumors of Wars” in which he describes events to take place per the Book of Revelation (and other Biblical prophecy).
Here are some words from Revelation 9 which woke me from my reverie this morning…
17 The horses and riders I saw in my vision looked like this: Their breastplates were fiery red, dark blue, and yellow as sulfur. The heads of the horses resembled the heads of lions, and out of their mouths came fire, smoke and sulfur. 18 A third of mankind was killed by the three plagues of fire, smoke and sulfur that came out of their mouths. 19 The power of the horses was in their mouths and in their tails; for their tails were like snakes, having heads with which they inflict injury.
The Book of Revelation is believed to have been authored by the Apostle John, who had been exiled to the island of Patmos sometime after Christ was crucified. Although not named by the author, the book derived its name from its subject matter which was written in Koine Greek (.apokalypsis, meaning “unveiling” or “revelation”). John was the one who called Jesus the Lamb of God and was the only disciple present at Jesus’ crucifixion (that the Bible mentions).
What I came to realize today, is that like many other Christians, I am a pew-sitter at best. This extensive, amazing, wondrous Book is one I’ve “read” but not studied nearly enough. My life may also be something I’ve not studied nearly enough – as it relates to Christ. In fact, the real journey hasn’t really begun for me…or possibly even for you.
from The Pilgrim’s Progress, Christian sets off from the City of Destruction,
Let’s take an honest look at ourselves. How many times have we enveloped ourselves in the art of selfish “worldly” pursuits, watched too much television, spent counterproductive time embroiled in family drama, even in fitness exercise, or imbibed of too much alcohol, our have become too immersed in our own vanity, pride, or other self-motivated endeavors?
Just how smitten with the world are we?
Football… now there’s a pass time! But, how much do we need to watch? Reality shows? (Seriously?) Playing video games?…don’t get me started! It’s like we are caught up in “what’s going on” and not stopping to think, “What is going on?”
On the other hand, how much time do we spend striving for A Relationship With God?
Probably not all that much.
Because of all that can and does distract us, I encourage you to step off the Carousel of Life and take a break.
I further encourage you to learn about Christ. Pick up a study bible and give it a go! Yes, you the pharmacist, you the attorney, yes, even you the teacher, the homemaker, even the bored teenager!
We can’t have one toe in the pond of Christian faith. It just doesn’t work. With that approach, sin is, well, everybody does it, right? Prayer is seldom, if at all. Reading the Bible? Maybe we used to, but who has the time? Besides, the way you interpret the Bible’s meaning and the way your neighbor does is different – so who is right? Why bother with trying to figure it out? The Way, the Truth, and the Life come from one source so fortunately you don’t have to figure it out. You and your neighbor might both be wrong, but God is not. (see John 1:1)
But, honestly, what’s the REAL danger of staying on the carousel; of going along with what’s going on?
Being complacent; perhaps even delusional….
Revelation 14 tells us,
6 Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth—to every nation, tribe, language and people. 7 He said in a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water.”
The Book of Revelation is extensive and takes time and study to understand. I suggest Dr. Swindoll’s series “Wars and Rumors of Wars” as a vehicle to get you going.
And if you don’t already know, its a good time to find out “who” and “what” the dragon really is.
Best wishes on your journey!