CARNAL CHRISTIAN do you walk in the shadows ?
This message is meant to wake you up to the reality of who you are. You are an image bearer of Christ. Your light should shine like a Pillar of Fire instead it shines like a candle in the darkness. You have chosen the journey towards home on the path that wanders into the shadows that surround you; rather than walking the narrow road bathed in His light, one step at a time all the way home.
Yes you will make it home. Yes He will accept you, but at what cost to you? Your walk is Joyless. Where is your joy? You don’t even know what true joy is, because you will not allow yourself to experience it by faithfully serving HIM. You prefer darkness and shadows on the road home.
Christ bought you with His blood. He died for you. He forgives you but will you be able to forgive yourself?
As you become older and fragile, getting closer to the end of the road of this existence. You will start to realize that you cannot live the way you did before. Those days are gone. You will start thinking about what is ahead of you.
As the TRUTH becomes clearer you will look back and feel shame and realize that you would give anything to erase the story of a life lived in shadows. Because you will finally understand what you have not done for Him all your life. So why would you put yourself thru that, when you don’t have to?
The non-believer who lives their entire life without Christ, and then ends up in Hell will become a believer in Christ. Everyone in Hell is a Believer in Christ and they will enter Hell knowing that they deserve what they have earned through the choices they have made by never accepting Jesus as their Savior and Lord. But how much worse is it for those that are Carnal Christians who never lived the life of a believer, committing every sin before the face of God, constantly disappointing everyone around them including the Lord who died for them.
How can they forgive themselves…how can they live with themselves knowing they are going to meet Him?
But that is not the point of this message. The point of this message is the life that you’re living here now. Look ahead; see Him there with His nail-scarred hand outstretched to you? Go on, run to HIM, take His hand change your walk and your talk and start living according to His will.
He can do great and mighty things through you because you serve an Extraordinary God, who loves ordinary people, which is who you are, an ordinary person. But one who has the Lord with Him and the Holy Spirit in Him.
The God/man became the Son of Man so that men could become Sons of God. You are one of Gods children. You have the right to call HIM ABBA = DADDY. He has a plan for your life from Eternity Past. Give Him the chance to work through you and then honor Him and He will take you on a Journey that you will never believe you could have.
You were born to live out the GREAT ADVENTURE He wants you to experience.A journey that will finally take you Home where you can stand before HIM in honor because you honored Him. Don’t disappoint your Lord!
Painting by Ron DiCianni