SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2017 BEWARE OF THE EASY LIFE
"Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, which are named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came"
Love of ease and pleasure has continued to plague many people, men, women, boys, girls and children alike in our world today. Modern philosophy, warped world view, syncretic religious preachers, crimes from new media have increased godlessness in the world and made many people unfit for the Master’s use (Jeremiah 24:2,3). The nation of Israel in our text had waxed wanton in following after obsessive lifestyle of the heathen nations around them. These backslidden children of God wanted a taste of the life of ease of their neighbouring sinful nations. The desire to "lie upon beds of ivory, stretch themselves upon couches and chant to the sound of the viol, drink wine in bowls and anoint themselves with chief ointments…" (Amos 6:4-6) made them insensitive to misery and afflictions of Joseph. Today, God is watching His people whom He has entrusted the task of rescuing the perishing and restoring the backsliders. We should not behave like the backslidden children of Israel in the days of Prophet Amos but heed Christ’s call to local and foreign involvement in soul-winning. This is the most profitable way to spend our time, talent, treasure and entire life. It is in obeying and fulfilling the great commission that we can truly be described as abiding in the Lord. This is not the time to stay in our comfort zone and be at ease as did the people of Samaria in the days of Amos. Believers who resort to pleasure-seeking at the expense of winning never-dying souls will incur the wrath of God. The Lord’s standard has not changed; He is still demanding that Christians should preach the gospel to the lost for their salvation.
Thought for the day: Only what is done for Christ will last.
Bible Reading in one Year: EZEKIEL 32-35