Studying Revelation continually brings the gospel front and center for me. It’s easy to focus on evangelizing the “lost”, but we often forget or don’t even consider the many lost within the boarders of our church homes.
After the luster of our salvation wears off, Christians insulate themselves. We don’t take time to do what brought us peace and joy; we don’t ask God for forgiveness.
Strategic bible verses are committed to memory as well as a new vocabulary to understand what people mean when church members are talking with us. Oh how quickly we memorize verses and forget their truths.
Faith becomes another item on the to-do list, another social engagement instead of a point of connecting with the Creator who loves us.
We are broken and don’t even realize it because the crust of self-righteousness and pride have formed so many layers over our hearts, it is impenetrable.
We’re forgiven, covered generously by the work of Jesus, but this tends to be an excuse for not regularly asking God to create in us a clean heart by bringing sin to the surface. Think for a moment, when was the last time you felt the weight of the sin in your heart? Do you examine your heart by your standards of “goodness” or God’s?