With the world around us accelerating toward darkness and confusion, we – God’s vessels of light and instruments of righteousness – need only be ourselves. We do not need great arguments and proofs. We do not need to have our rights recognized. If we would simply stop living like the world, they would not be able to ignore – nor deny – the witness of Jesus Christ’s life in us.

Faith without works is dead. There is a lack of doing what we believe and say. This is a truth that has been encouraged here many times. It is a truth we must pursue.

However, there is another issue in the church; one that has diseased every stream:

We cannot get our minds off of the things of this world!

Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3:2-3

This is more at the root of our failed witness; for, as Jesus instructed, you must forsake before you can follow.

So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple. Luke 14:33

Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. Matthew 16:24

In whatever ways our minds are set on this world, we must forsake it (i.e., the world and its ways). The worldly processes we are trapped in – including church programs – must be forsaken. We must forsake the things of this world that we have grown to depend on.

All of creation is waiting for the revealing of the sons and daughters of God (Romans 8:19). The revealed will not look like the world. We will stand in stark contrast. Isn’t it time we stopped trying to look like them?

For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2Corinthians 5:21

When the sons and daughters are revealed, the world will see the righteousness of God; and they will glorify Him (Matthew 5:16). We will have been transformed into the very same image of the glory of the Lord (2Corinthians 3:18).

God bless you with courage and grace for the Great Reveal.

Humbly yours and forever His,