A few weeks ago I was interviewed by Chuck Crismier (www.saveus.org) on his show “Viewpoint.” I enjoyed my conversation with him very much and was inspired to buy his book, “The Secret of the Lord,” which draws from Psalm 25:14, “The secret of the Lord is with them that fear Him; and he will show them His covenant.”
The book arrived yesterday and I began reading it. The first chapter draws a parallel between our present-day world system and the sinking of the Titanic, essentially saying that we are on a collision course with judgment, yet the ship is not even turning.
This made me remember the opening lines of the amazing song written by Josh Garrels, called “The Resistance,” which can be heard at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1hqbpQGY90. Garrels’ song begins…
“I was born into a system constructed for failure; It’s a sinking ship manned by drunken sailors…”
I’ve recently noticed a lot of media coverage of the Titanic movie (recently re-released in 3D) and the sinking of the Titanic, and then I found out that this is because today, April 15, is the hundred-year anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic on April 15, 1912. I’m taking this day as a prophetic warning…
How many of us truly believe that God will soon intervene into human history and radically alter the daily routines of our busy lives? Do we get it yet, or does this expectation remain purely hypothetical?
One way to gauge this is to look at what we are doing with our time and with our money. Some of us have no surplus time and no surplus money. Many remain locked in a system that provides only the bare minimum to survive paycheck to paycheck. But some of us do enjoy a surplus. What are we doing with it? How much of our extra time is spent simply pursuing entertainment, blindly attracted to the next appealing spectacle? The world is full of these spectacles, but increasingly, so is the Church. There are many events, conferences and functions that are labeled “Christian,” but really don’t do anything productive in terms of expanding the Kingdom of Heaven.
What are we doing with our money? Are we placing all of our trust in 401k’s for our future? Are we building bigger barns to warehouse our overflow of unnecessary commodities? In my job in the construction industry I see many people setting aside tens of thousands of dollars for “kitchen upgrades” and other such projects. We’re always tantalized by the next level of ease and comfort that we can create for our own little personal utopia’s, even as many around us struggle to avoid foreclosure.
The opportunities for ministry in the world today are incredible! If we simply turned our hearts, our extra time, and our bank accounts towards meeting the needs of a spiritually hungry world today we would see tremendous fruit! My God, people are so hungry today for an authentic demonstration of the love and power of the Lord Jesus Christ! Once you make this switch from “loving things” to “loving people” your life will be changed forever, and you will become addicted to doing the work of the Kingdom, fulfilling Matthew 5:14-16,
“You are the light of the world… Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in Heaven.”
This may sound strange, but I really want to emphasize this “kitchen remodel” thing. I really feel that there are several people who will read this blog who have set aside 30, 40 or even $50,000 to get a bigger and better kitchen. Part of it comes from necessity, but most of it is about vanity and about keeping up with your neighbors and your social class. Wake up! That kitchen will pass away! It is of absolutely ZERO eternal value! Pray about it. Perhaps you need to take care of the necessities that you feel you need, but pour the rest of your budget into PEOPLE, not THINGS! Yes, I know there is a trickle-down effect and this job will provide work for carpenters, plumbers, painters, etc. So what?! That doesn’t impress me. More importantly you’ve got to ask yourself, does it impress Heaven? We’ve got to get away from this “economic thinking” and turn to “Kingdom thinking”! The outworking of vanity may create economic activity, but this fact does not turn a Biblical vice into a virtue.
It’s all about the HEART. Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Earthly treasure is nailed down to the Titanic and is destined for destruction. Heavenly treasure is eternal. I believe that American Christians are being brought to a decision point and, just like John the Baptist preached in Luke 3:8-11, the repentance that we are called to must bring forth fruit if it is truly genuine. It all comes down to what we are doing with our SURPLUS.
When the time comes for the Heavenly iceberg of God’s judgment to strike the worldly Titanic, how will you be judged? Are your works the evidence that you are truly secure in the lifeboat of the Lord Jesus Christ?
April 15, 2012