A wonderful blessing of this ranching life is the opportunity to think about things in a relaxed, no pressure atmosphere. Don’t get me wrong. When you’re sorting cows, mowing hay, or plowing a field, you’d better have your head in the game and pay attention. Other times, when you’re watching over the herd or watching a sunrise or sunset, there’s the opportunity to consider things.
Cows aren’t the best conversationalists, but they sure are good listeners. Sometimes, that’s exactly what we need to figure things out. When I’m outside, I often lean against a fence and talk. There, I might visit with a neighbor or friend. Often, I fall into an easy conversation with God. Other times, usually when I’m contemplating things, I talk with some of the cows who wander up to visit with me. That’s what I did the other evening.
A few weeks ago, and I can’t remember where I heard it, someone shared a thought that’s been rambling around my brain. It’s one I’d like to share with y’all because of how it has impacted my life.
In these days we’re living, which I call “Matthew 24 Days”, there is much this world wants us fearful of. As a Christian, I’m aware of what’s going on in the world. I’m heartbroken at the terrorism gripping the nation of Israel, the decline of decency and moral living, and the rampant hatred that seems to increase by the day. Yet, I try not to focus my attention on these things so much that they draw me in. It happens, sometimes more easily than I might like. Instead, I try to rely on my faith in God’s promises of what is coming.
Second Corinthians 4:16-18 are what I call anchor verses. They anchor my faith and provide the truth I need to standfast in the face of this life’s trials. I pray you too find solace in these words.
Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward
man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed
day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment,
is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of
glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen,
but at the things which are not seen. For the things
which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not
seen are eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NKJV)
If indeed we are living in biblical end times, which many believe we are, then Christ’s return is near. Whether He returns before I get this posted or centuries after my soul has left to be with the Lord makes no difference to me. While I’d much prefer to be in that second group raptured (1 Thessalonians 4:17), this Christian is going home either way.
So what is the thought that has captured my attention? It’s one God has used to help me in my personal struggle to take every thought captive.
“When Christ returns, what will He find you doing?”
God knows my thoughts, and He knows what I will do before I ever do it. God is God. I believe He shared this thought into my life to help equip me in my struggle with temptation. We all see and hear things that entice us to engage in seeking worldly pleasure. Being tempted is a fact of life. It isn’t even a question of when or if, but a part of this world. The question is, “How do we deal with it?” The answer God sent me is to apply this filter to every thought, every temptation.When Christ returns, what will He find you doing? #OvercomingTemptation #SeekGod #ServeGod Click To Tweet
This wonderful gift has simplified my life by giving me a life filter that fits every circumstance. I believe Christ’s return is imminent, and when He comes, I want Him to find me living a life worthy of His sacrifice for me. I will get angry at injustices, immorality, and wrongdoing. But if I filter that anger through this question, I silently give it to God. That’s a much better response than spewing my indignation in a verbal assault against it. All that does is raise my blood pressure. Whenever temptation attempts to woo me, I can apply this filter. Do I want Jesus to find me doing this when He returns? What a wonderful short-circuit of temptation this is becoming for me.
I can’t tell you it works perfectly yet. I’m still learning to use this precious gift, but it sure is helping me take every thought captive and think spiritually before reacting. For me, this is the secret to living a Coram Deo life, one that is lived out before the eyes of God.
Friends, if we are indeed nearing the last seconds of the last day of the Church age, then let us be mindful of this in our lives. Let us live each moment in such a way that when Christ comes for His true church, He finds us serving Him. We best do that when we actively take part in His work of sanctification in our lives, and we endeavor to carry out His great commandment and great commission.