“A lie doesn’t become truth, a wrong doesn’t become right and evil doesn’t become good, just because it’s accepted by the majority.”
I was working in San Francisco this past week and while it was nice to be “home” (I grew up in the area), the one thing that I didn’t miss was the pretentiousness that permeates the culture there. I discern it as a sticky sap that covers the spiritual realm. Our natural human condition celebrates “pride” as a positive character attribute and San Francisco places it on such a high pedestal that I’m even willing to call it idolatry in the form of “self worship.” If there is a specific territorial spirit of pride then it took up residence in the city of San Francisco ages ago.
“Pride is a corrosive agent that permeates the fallen nature and, if left undetected, will gradually destroy the soul.” Steve Gallagher
As I was walking towards Market Street for an early morning meeting, I noticed something that struck me….I was walking on the outer edge of the sidewalk and was literally the only person headed in that particular direction. There was not one individual ahead of me that was going the same way. Everyone else was headed past me in the opposite direction. As I recognized this, a verse flashed through my mind:
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Matthew 7:13 and 14
I then really began to take notice of those that walked past me. I saw the well dressed young professionals, the bedraggled poor and all of those in between, going about their business. Male and female of all ages and races. Most had their earbuds in or were dialed into their phones. In one way or another, all seemed plugged into the “Matrix.” Then the thoughts flooded my consciousness….They’re not even aware of the path that they’re on. They have no thought of their eternity or where they’ll spend it. They are indifferent to God and give no real thought of Him. Many embrace the culture here that is against God’s very statutes….
“There is no fear of God before their eyes.” Romans 3:18
A couple of years back I had read a book about a gentleman that says he had experienced Hell during a near death experience. I remember him describing how, while there, he would see person after person after person tumbling through an opening into that place. A never ending stream of people falling into eternal torment for refusing to be covered by the blood of the Lamb, who willingly and in love, gave Himself as a sacrifice for them….but they rejected the offering made on their behalf. Instead they chose to embrace their self sufficiency…their pride….
“Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.” (Dante’s Inferno)
So, what can we as believers do?
“….let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
First be willing to be available. Secondly, pray expectantly that God will use you for His purposes. Thirdly, “keep your lamp lit” and be mindful and watchful for opportunities. When they reveal themselves, act! They may be small acts of kindness or a bold sharing of something that the Holy Spirit has moved you to say to a complete stranger. Whatever it is, be determined to be faithful. What you do or say could be the direct answer to their prayer.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7
THIS is the battlefield on which we fight for the souls of men.
Continue to express and share the love of Jesus with those you interact with and pray for them. Let God direct your steps in the battle. He will guide you to be in the right place at the right time.
Don’t shrink away in fear. Move out in faith. He has your six.
“I love a commodious room, a soft cushion, a handsome pulpit. But where is my zeal if I do not trample all these underfoot in order to save one more soul?” John Wesley