Everybody enjoys a great celebration of any kind – birthdays, graduations, promotions, births, pregnancy announcements, engagements etc. People by nature love to be happy and to have fun, they let their guards down, kick their shoes off, pin their hair up, and turn the music up playing their favorites. It’s a happy occasion and happiness is contagious. We all enjoy a great party and we will keep going until our wearied feet can’t take anymore. We leave the event with wonderful memories of a happy occasion that will not be soon forgotten.
Life surely has its good times and bad times, but it’s important to remember that neither last a lifetime. The good and bad experiences interchange as rapidly as the four seasons – they come, and they go. We do not get the choice to stay in one over the other. Once we mentally prepare for the swift changes…we will get through life in a healthier and more productive way.
Having shared about how we celebrated a happy occasion in our life at the start of the blog, let’s now focus on a sad event that we all must face – the death of a loved one. Knowing that someone you loved was snatched away by death, and that you will never see or hear from your loved one again – is very traumatic. The painful reality of the loss of a loved one can also be a scary reminder that we too, must die one day. This is some pretty scary stuff, but it’s reality. There’s a time to celebrate and a time to mourn. A time to born and a time to die. We don’t get the option of choosing one over the other.
Our culture today is more inclined to do absolutely ANY THING for approval. Our morals have significantly dropped way below the level of any right thinking person. To be known as a virgin is now frowned upon. To speak up against unrighteous behaviour – you will stand out alone like a sore thumb. Being known as a Christian, you come over as a boring and an unattractive person. Christianity is anti the culture we live in, and it’s intimidating to be known as a Christian. Sin is rampant and approved by society, and the greater display of your story, whether real or not – is the easiest way to get followers, and the more followers you get, your approval ratings go up.
People crave approval and attention, and society goes after everything that’s external – appearances, looks, wealth, high society lifestyle, cars, homes etc. Sadly, Christians have fallen prey to the irresistible lifestyle of materialistic fame, while still trying to carefully balance life from the both sides of the fence. God must have turned His face away from us, because we simply cannot serve two masters.
As Christians, we are called to save the lost which means we cannot afford to be distracted from our only assignment. We are Christ Ambassadors on earth to represent Christ well. If we don’t do our only mandatory assignment which is to save the lost- then who will? Our job was never to gain the approval of man or to go after wordly gain for self gratification – because it will profit us nothing on the final Day. It’s all about Eternity and getting hurting and wounded people to Christ.
***** In closing, I leave two Scriptures to ponder on with the hope that those who know better will do better:
👉🏾 “But God said to him, ‘Fool, tonight you will die. Now who will get the things you have prepared for yourself? This is the way it will be for those who hoard things for themselves, and aren’t rich toward God.” Luke 12:20-21 CEB 👈🏾
👉🏾 “There was a certain rich man who clothed himself in purple and fine linen, and who feasted luxuriously every day.
At his gate lay a certain poor man named Lazarus who was covered with sores. Lazarus longed to eat the crumbs that fell from the rich man’s table. Instead, dogs would come and lick his sores. “The poor man died and was carried by angels to Abraham’s side.
The rich man also died and was buried. While being tormented in the place of the dead, he looked up and saw Abraham at a distance with Lazarus at his side. He shouted, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me. Send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I’m suffering in this flame.’
But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that during your lifetime you received good things, whereas Lazarus received terrible things. Now Lazarus is being comforted and you are in great pain.
Moreover, a great crevasse has been fixed between us and you. Those who wish to cross over from here to you cannot. Neither can anyone cross from there to us.’
“The rich man said, ‘Then I beg you, Father, send Lazarus to my father’s house. I have five brothers. He needs to warn them so that they don’t come to this place of agony.’
Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets. They must listen to them.’
The rich man said, ‘No, Father Abraham! But if someone from the dead goes to them, they will change their hearts and lives.’
Abraham said, ‘If they don’t listen to Moses and the Prophets, then neither will they be persuaded if someone rises from the dead.’ Luke 16:19-31 CEB 👈🏾