It is that infamous time of year; to make and break resolutions! By definition a resolution is “a firm decision to do or not to do something”: To resolve is to” decide firmly on a course of action”. I will make a “firm determination to do something”.
It is believed that Isaiah, the prophet entrusted with the message of Gods salvation, prophesied for close to 60 years. He had “One ministry, one message, one assignment.” The message, ministry and assignment was to prophesy the Holy God’s plan of salvation and redemption to God’s Chosen people. He clearly and without compromise for 60 some years told the people what “thus saith the Lord”. Isaiah’s was a single minded focus to do what he was called to do.
As 2015 rolls to an end, I could not help but to reflect on the events of the year as I am sure many of you have. We have had a man to surgically alter his being after his startling (it had to startle him; it sure startled the rest of us) realization that he was not he man he thought he was. We have had a man who we all invited into our living rooms, during family TV viewing, now some 50 years later be accused of the most atrocious of acts. We have had the desecration of God’s house of worship, as nine people die in a place of worship! We have babies dying at the hand of parents, massacres in Paris, beheadings by ISIS, we have our children’s blood running red in the street as our young people are slaughtered by those sworn to uphold their safety. We have innocence lost, as 12 year children are shot down for being 12 year old children (that look older). Not as isolated incidents but as the “new normal”. The list continues. Yet, we have not resolved. We have not decided” firmly on a course of action” nor have we made any “firm determinations to do something”.
The time has come: “that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 2 Timothy 3:1-3King James Version (KJV)
And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet King James Version (KJV) Matthew 24:6King James Version (KJV)6
These are perilous times and we must speak what” thus saith the Lord”. We must work in the vineyards. There are souls that are in danger of being lost should we not do as Jesus asked Peter to do. He simply asked him to do the thing that outweighed all others…Feed his sheep.
He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? Micah 6:8 KJV
Jesus has shown us the things that are good and has required these things of us. Micah 6:8 instructs us to be just, to love mercy and walk humble. If we resolve to do only these things, imagine the impact we would have in “feeding the sheep”. If by chance we do just one of these things and impact the life of one person, at the very least we have made a firm determination to do something. We can no longer afford the luxury of allowing the enormity of the problems we face to lull us into a false sense of calm; of doing nothing.
What if we as Christians, as the called of God “decide firmly on a course of action AND make a “firm determination to do something” AND do it. What if we (I) make a “firm determination” that as Eldridge Cleaver so well stated, “There is no more neutrality in the world. You either have to be part of the solution, or you’re going to be part of the problem”? What if we (I) make a “firm determination to no longer complain about the things we (I) have not made an effort to do something about? What if we (I) make a “firm determination to speak what “thus saith the Lord” To do as Isaiah’s did for some 60 years to have a single minded focus to do what we are called to do. WHAT if we do something?
Prayer: Father, help me to activate my destiny, allow your word to work in me. Lord help me to “do something”. Help me to do what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?