“But also for this very reason…add to your faith, virtue, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love.”
2 Peter 1:5-7
Have you noticed a change in the world? I mean, haven’t you sensed that things aren’t the same as they were just a few years ago? Sometimes it feels like time is picking up and days are getting shorter. It seems to me that many people are hiding out from life in safe little bubbles, not really living.
Someone says, “It’s the End Times.” That some people on edge. The sad thing is that these people are Christians. They are stressed, worried, and full of anxiety because things aren’t going right. As a friend of mine once said, “Have you read the Bible? We know how it ends. This shouldn’t be a surprise. It is any wonder why things are the way they are?”
Why is the world getting crazier? That is because the day of the Lord is coming. The light shines brighter and the darkness is becoming frantic. They know who is coming. Isn’t that true that when someone is in trouble they hide, fight, bare their teeth, and try and turn what they have done against the one who is trying to sent things right?
What I see is that God is turning up the heat. Whatever is wrong or in contrast to what is good, is being exposed. Perfection naturally reveals imperfections when side-by-side. That isn’t pleasant at all, but it’s happening to everyone, the good, the bad, and the undecided.
Think about it. America is a comfortable place. We have things so much easier than the rest of the world. In many ways having everything has taken the struggle out of life. We see any sort of uncomfort as unwanted and it is overlooked. We’ve become too use to ease.
I think of that safe plastic life inside a department store window or display. The mannequin is smiling, has a perfect body, brand new clothes, and never has a clue what life if like outside of that bar they are attached to. They are separated from life in a bubble, but they aren’t living life, heck they look like real people, however, they are not.
If we take away the challenge, the struggle, God forbid any sort of suffering, we never grow. If you are a believer in Christ and things aren’t right with you, don’t faint away. If you feel alone, misunderstood, under you skin you feel like there is a monster, don’t freak out. It’s just that you are being shaken from a dream into a better reality.
This is part of the maturing of the Christian church in America. If Christ is coming then He is preparing His church. He is sanctifying them and purifying them like a beautiful bride. The junk of this world that we harbor or have allowed to settle in US, is being boiled to the top. This is a painful but very much a normal part of our faith.
Ask any believer in any other country. They don’t have the glossy coating and comfort. They are in contrast from the world right away. There is no masking or blending. Look at the strength, resiliency, joy, and comfort they have. They have stories of miracles that happen everyday. The things that happened in First Century believers are not past history but current events as far as they are concerned.
You do have a choice. You can fight the hand of the Lord as He refines you. You can say no and cling to the bubbling black junk that He is trying to remove from your soul. Or you can let the Lord do that work and see new hope arise. You will see God’s hand in your struggles. You will feel His presence in every day of your life. His word will speak to you like it has never done before.
You may not look like the perfect mannequin the in the display window. Instead of plastic, you will have skin and blood that can get bruised, torn and bleed. The clothes you wear will be worn from the struggles you endure. You might feel more isolated outside of that window then before but hey, you actually have feelings unlike the fake person inside. You are experiencing life that needs a Savior to get you though. Where the mannequin is stuck on a wire under artificial lighting, you have freedom to walk away under the light of the true Son.