quarta-feira, 20 de março de 2019
THE NARROW PATH TO RELATIONSHIP TO GOD - DAY 79
by Rev. Robert John Cericola, Carroll, OH - EUA
When the disciples asked Jesus why He spoke to the people in parables he replied:
Matthew 13:13 (NKJV) Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.
Matthew 13:15–16 (NKJV) For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them. But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear.
The people Jesus was speaking to had ears to hear and eyes to see but over a period of time their hearts had grown dull until they were past recognizing and obeying the truth.
Our view of the world was and is formed by listening, reading, and observing. From childhood, through our eyes and ears, we gather and process information that frames our beliefs and the lens through which we view the world.
We are living in the Information Age or best called the Information Overload Age where many are the people that have eyes, but do not see and ears, but do not hear. The information overload of political struggle, the economy, world events, climate change, sexuality, and social media, pollutes and dulls their eyes and their ears to the vitality important, eternal message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The information overload, like plaque clogging an artery, has turned many a church into a social club with lukewarm messages designed to keep the people coming and the money flowing. There is no room for the Holy Spirit to call the lost to the cross, or convict the saved of the error of their ways. Many have become grave yards of dry bones, clouds without rain, void of the power of God, filled with people that seek an ear tingling message of a more prosperous trouble-free life. They have lost the eternal life changing message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that affords entrance through the Narrow Gate and onto the Narrow Path that leads to Relationship with God. And it is only by reading the bible, prayer, and obeying Christ’s commandment daily, that allows our eyes to see and our ears to hear through which we maintain our moral compass and proper view of the world in which we live.
Because of the information overload many who confess Christ as Savior have lost their ability to see and hear and thereby obey. Stay on the Narrow Path to Relationship with God beloved and your eyes will be open and your ears will hear when Jesus calls us home.