"Close the door."
"Sit close to me."
English isn't hard! Ha! I wondered which word I would write on for this day, but I guess there is no reason I can't write on both!
The other day in my daughter's sunday school class, the lesson was on how to be a good Christian. At least, that was her take on the lesson. Read your Bible, witness, give, serve, and so on and so forth. As she is reciting some of what they discussed, I interrupted and asked, "Why does it matter if we are a good Christian?" Only a second of a pause before she answered with, "Because we need to be close to God. and His commands are all ways we can be close to Him."
Ahhhh. Yes. Jesus said if we love Him we will keep His commandments (words) and not a one is meant as a punishment or above what we can do through the help of the Holy Spirit. All are meant to keep us in close communion with Him.
But they do require us to close the door that we might try to keep ajar for the world.
I feel like I have done a terrible job at furlough. If my job was to be a voice and inspiration for missions, I am not sure I have spoken loud enough. Or well enough. Or enough at all.
Don't get me wrong. God is the One who calls His laborers and leads them to the works He has for them. Yet, as one who has been on the foreign field, I have a unique perspective and opportunity to share with others what I have seen God do in many hearts and lives. I can give others a vision and glimpse into the spiritual warfare being waged. Through the Holy Spirit and the stories God has given me, I can help others hear the battle cry, and encourage them to stand, fight, and claim the victory given to God's children.
But I haven't. My voice has been quiet; just barely a whisper. Because the victories are not the whole story, and I am a whole story kind of gal. There battle is hard and long. Sometimes, Satan's fiery darts seem to be what is lighting your path, and you can't see through the confusion he is swirling around you.
Here on this earth, the bad might be more than the good, and I am not quite so willing to share that with you. I do not want to scare someone away from serving God, but I do want them to know they must count the cost. The decision to stand for Christ has to be made before you realize you are in the battle. You must have it settled in your heart that God is good and He is holding you.