More than likely, all those day planners that people bought anticipating another year of the same old have been relegated to the trash long ago. Between the engineered alarm over COVID and the resulting lockdown in most states (only now being eased somewhat), the riots of self-acclaimed Marxists and anarchists supposedly protesting police brutality, and the proliferation of hurricanes, you have to wonder what is going on?
In an earlier blog (August 19th), I stated that these days were perilous indeed and asked if our country could continue in light of all that was happening. There has been little discussion or sharing of views, it seems, more often a strident screaming of accusations and half-truths that leaves us all wondering, as was once stated,
Jn. 18:38 NIV
I had a lengthy conversation with a good friend, and during this, he asked me a pointed question; where is my citizenship as a disciple of Jesus? He asked this when I’d shared my frustration at the disregard so many had for our men and women's sacrifices in preserving our nation. The apostle Paul has stated that all in Christ are citizens of heaven (Php. 3:20). I knew this, but how he phrased the question had me asking where my focus was; am I so centered on the here and now that any who heard me would wonder at my claim to be a citizen of heaven? Honestly, it seems my emphasis has been more on my citizenship as an American and less as an ambassador of Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:20 NASB
So, even if this nation will not long remain, that should not bother me as it has been doing. God is sovereign over all nations and will accomplish His purpose in the way and time that He has chosen. My duty as an ambassador of Christ is to show those around me the peace and hope that can only come through a surrendered life to Jesus.
Something I will need to remind myself of in the coming days; The title comes from Psalm 46:10 and is a reminder of what God calls His children to at all times.