“Lord, Open The King’s Eyes”
Find the “door to heaven” (Jesus),
Then find ur “Wittenberg door” (ur platform, like Luther’s, to generate discussion and return to biblical truth) ..
ESSENTIAL for these Days in which we live.
Hear the One who calls, find ur calling, rooted in the Love, Truth, Word, Power and Faithfulness of God.
He always preserves for himself a Remnant of believers, & via that Remnant sparks Reformation.
I was listening to a 2-part podcast by a couple of dear Christians, having a conversation about the history of the Reformation, of Martin Luther’s boldness to challenge the religious status quo (to put it mildly) by nailing his 95 theses to the Wittenberg Door .. the church door on which was posted the social media engagement of the day. And among other things, the discussion recalled the price of BLOOD that was paid by other dear brothers in Christ who were persecuted and executed (like Tyndale) for their labor of love to get the Word of God into the hands of the everyday folks, so ALL could “receive” God’s revelation without being dependent on a religious mediator (ie a priest) and thus subject to much manipulation and deceit.
I was particularly challenged by the thought of examining myself for the purpose of discerning God’s calling on MY life, here and now, as to what space and time HE would have me operating in for HIS glory. I get lost, sometimes, in the SMALLNESS of my world, the seemingly insignificant daily aspects of my life, yet longing for “eternal purpose” .. and I battle myself as far as whether or not I am making too much an idol of “significance” .. am I not content to let the LORD determine the “harvest”? Yet my frequent DIScontent often dissuades me from even sowing seed. Is it too much to simply allow HIM to determine the impact? Even if I never know it?
Certainly, among others, Tyndale could never have foreseen how very much of the world would come to be utterly dependent on his work – his translation efforts making up roughly 80% of what would eventually become the “King James Bible” .. Tyndale, among whose dying words were a prayer that God would turn the heart of the King as to the power of the Word of God!?
Do we disregard .. do we even HAVE any regard? .. for the BLOOD cost of giving us access to the mysteries of God in our own language(s)? Persecution and the threat of death was very REAL and ever present, and yet too many of us cannot even be bothered to pick up our own Bibles, relying instead on the popular preachers of our day – who at best preach so much a watered down version of the Gospel, and at worst regularly preach a very real heresy, of a sort that MOST of us who are ignorant of the truth of God’s word happily remain ignorant, instead savoring our little tastes of the happy pop psychology “you can do it!” cheerleading that passes for real “Christianity,” today. And yet we have LITTLE idea what it really means to FOLLOW HEARTILY after Christ.
I pray God prick my conscience for the ways in which I have been guilty of the same desiring only the hard-candy twitter version of true faith. It is not a substance on which I can truly stand, if I am neglecting to even KNOW what He has to say to His Beloved Bride.
Let me never be satisfied with so little a morsel. 😦