7-21-17 by Bill Wilson
In these days where the news media and leftists have amplified a message of belligerence against anyone who disagrees with them, and the lack of civility even among friends over—not really political issues—who they support, why bother doing anything? Many good people are disengaging rather than pressing in. It’s easy to get discouraged. It’s easy to just say that you are waiting for the return of Jesus. It’s easy to move inside not only your place of worship, but also inside yourself. This is the path of least resistance. But is it the best that the Lord has for you? One person can make a difference in the direction of homes, communities, states, and nations. Why not you?
Let’s start by answering the question with 2 Peter 2:9, “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” The Apostle Peter continues in verse 11: “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation…As free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.”
You ARE a chosen generation, a true prophetic people living in a prophetic time. Every day is a step closer to the return of the Lord. We see what is going on in the world around us. We see how there is increasing hatred and the love of many has grown cold. We are witness to how the world treats the Jewish people. We see how the unbelievers, and even many who say they are believers, go against the ordinances of God, even mock God. So the prophetic times are growing shorter. Our charge in life, however, is not to shrink back or be influenced by these events. We are challenged by Jesus Christ himself to occupy till his return, to spread the gospel, which is the good news of salvation.
There are many ways to do this, but as Peter writes, having your conversation honest and by the example of your good works, you are a witness to our faith, which glorifies God in heaven. Jesus exhorted in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:15-16), “Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick: and it gives light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” We cannot afford to be idly waiting around for the return of Christ. He has charged us with being the light unto the world, spreading the good news, doing his work here on earth. Prophetic times call for prophetic people—Why not you? [Full Source]