Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach. For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.
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I want to tell you about a dream I had Wednesday night. In the dream I was in the Lord's presence. It was like I was watching myself standing there in his presence. I could not see him but I knew he was there. Then he asked me a question, "Have you always been faithful to your wife?" As he asked this question, I was watching myself answering him. As I watched what my reply was, I was shocked at what I said. I said, "Most of the time."
As I watched this, I saw myself how I felt when I said the words, "most of the time". I saw myself feeling as if I had done my best, and my duty, and I was very proud of it. I had my head held up high as if I had done all that I could do. Then the Lord replied, "That's the way most of my people always feel."
Now, as I am watching this, I am screaming inside myself, "I have never been unfaithful to my wife! I could not do that to her or myself!" And in the dream I started to feel ashamed of what I had done. I started thinking how my wife would feel about me being faithful just "most of the time" and how it would take away from our relationship and all the trust would be gone. She would not be able to trust me any more. It hurt so bad to feel those feelings and I hated it.
Then I started to understand what the Lord was trying to show me. He is not a "most-of-the-time God". He is an "all-the-time God". I know that to please him and be saved in the end, we must be an "all-the-time people", not just most of the time. We need to obey the Spirit all the time; we want to make holy decisions all the time; and we want to live for the Lord all the time! I don't want to make just a good decision. I want to make holy ones, all the time! We can, if we want to.
I started thinking how Jesus must feel when we make holy decisions just "most of the time". How can he trust us if we do that? I want my relationship with him to be as it is with my wife--faithful and clean and holy. We can't live holy sometimes, and then do wrong, and then live holy again, and do wrong again, etc. I love him more than that, just as I love my wife and have always been faithful to her. Even more so do I want to be that way to our God!!! He has always been faithful to us.
God help me, and us, to take this in. It is a matter of life and death. There will not be any part-time people there with Him in the end.
Thank you Jesus!