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The Harvest is Ripe…

For me, there is nothing like live music. I admire those who have been blessed with musical talent and I enjoy music of most genres. Last night I had the privilege of attending Carlos Santana’s show at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Until now, I’ve been a very casual fan, if that. It was a business event and I was given a free general admission ticket along with the other business colleagues attending the conference. “I’ll stay for a few songs, then I’ll sneak out to bed.” Was I wrong or what?? His music is infectious, and I found myself not wanting to leave. Just over two hours later, I’m on my feet with the rest of the crowd applauding this man who has truly mastered his craft.

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Carlos Santana performing at the Mandalay Bay House of Blues, February 2, 2017. He is a master at his craft, and his music is infectious! Taken on my iPhone.

A little more than halfway through his show, he spoke to the audience. He told them that there are people out there teaching about “wretched sinners”, that those people are mean and we should run from them. He said that we all have this light inside us, and we should live out our lives in that light, enjoying life, being kind. Many in the crowd enthusiastically received and applauded his message. And that made me sad; sad because the only part of the Gospel message he’s apparently heard is the part about sin and death. If he only knew how beautiful the other side of that coin is – the truth about redemption, salvation, and eternal life through Jesus Christ, he could have shared that Truth with his audience.

As he launched into his next song I looked around the room – all those people. How many know Christ, and how many don’t? How many took his false message to heart? I turned to the colleague standing next to me and said, “His theology is a bit off.” My colleague responded, “He’s talking about his god.”

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We live in a lost and fallen world. As Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.” (Matthew 9:37) My sense of urgency is increasing, but I sometimes struggle to find my place. Talking about things of God is easy in church, but it’s frowned upon in the workplace. Screaming the Gospel at a colleague I just met in a loud music venue doesn’t seem right either. I know God wants me to share the Gospel. This morning I prayed about the harvest and my role in helping gather it. I look forward to seeing how God chooses to use me, and I pray that He will give me with wisdom and courage to seize every witness opportunity He presents.

Soli DEO Gloria!

At the Altar of False Gods ~ Jeremiah 2:1-3:5

Has a nation ever changed its gods? (Yet they are not gods at all.) But my people have exchanged their Glory for worthless idols. Be appalled at this, O heavens, and shudder with great horror,” declares the LORD. ~ Jeremiah 2:11-12

The imagery God presents in this passage is incredible. God, speaking through Jeremiah, is calling out Israel for being unfaithful to Him. He likens Israel’s unfaithfulness to a prostitute who will sleep with anybody. Israel has rejected God in exchange for foreign gods – many foreign gods. Although the True God led them out of Egypt, Israel only seeks Him when they are in trouble and in need of help: “They say to wood, ‘You are my father,’ and to stone, ‘You gave me birth.’ They have turned their backs to me and not their faces; yet when they are in trouble, they say ‘Come and save us!’ (2:27)

In 2:13 God identifies two sins committed by His people: (1) “They have forsaken me, the spring of living water” and (2) “they have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.” Even after all of the good God has done for Israel, they still think there is something better – they forsake God by worshipping foreign gods. In forsaking God, they have rejected the Living Water in exchange for meaningless folly that is ultimately dry; it cannot hold water.

While God’s Words spoken through Jeremiah address Israel’s unfaithfulness directly, they apply to us today as well. Our gods of wood and stone come in many forms including wealth, possessions, power, position, celebrity, and many others. We reject God’s sovereignty in exchange for the false god of human wisdom or we embrace the false understandings of God that are so prevalent in our world today. When we come to realize that none of these offer any true eternal benefit, we finally turn to the true God, pleading, “Come and save us!” But take heart: Even in the heat of our infidelity, God loves us so much that He provided the ultimate redemptive solution through His Son, Jesus Christ. Through faith in Him and Him alone, we are reconnected with the God we have rejected and we become heirs to the promise of eternal life that only Jesus can deliver.

Ponder this: What are my idols, my false gods?

My prayer for today: Dear Heavenly Father, I sometimes catch myself relying on things of the world rather than upon You. Forgive me, Lord. Help me to stand firmly on Your Word and to trust completely in You, and You alone. Through Your Son, Jesus Christ, I pray, AMEN.

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