Blow the dust off the clock. Your watches are behind the times. Throw open the heavy curtains which are so dear to you – you do not even suspect that the day has already dawned outside.
~ Alexander Solzhenitsyn
excerpt from Critical Mass
by Mario Murillo:
America is spiritually dying because God has sales reps and not channels of His glory. We feverishly do the right things, almost as a bribe to postpone the needed pouring out of ourselves as a living sacrifice. Again we must no longer see the bad things as barriers to revival, but the seemingly good. We can’t dole out precious ointment to the poor in doses that don’t cure them or honor God. We must be poured out on God! Spiritual awakening means that the faithful become fiery, the decent become dynamic, and the acceptable become excellent. But, most of all, we become disgusted with our evil, and totally dissatisfied with our good. We realise that now is the time to pull out all the stops. No program is sacred, no worthy project is worth enough. None of the ointment can be spared. It is revival or death!
Jesus spoke a parable to the spiritually numb: you know how to discern the weather by looking at the color of the sky, but you don’t know how to discern the times you live in.
Perhaps we are all caught up with our busy lives, or maybe we are worried about the economy and how to make ends meet, or the clamors of war, or the talking heads constantly warning us about global flu epidemics, all of which have some form of importance or another …whatever the reason… we are distracted from considering the realities around us that have eternal significance.
I don’t think that I have ever, previously, experienced such a time of competition for faith in the Lord, and of choosing to believe His words over the contradictions of situations and other voices with other messages as I am now experiencing. I know only one antidote: “Be still, and know that I AM God”.
This year I fasted regularly between the beginning of Lent and Easter. Maybe by telling the world this I lose what gain it might have given me, I don’t know, but it gave me insight to how much further there is to go and how much more I need to apply myself to God’s way and truth. It opened my eyes a bit to His power. I also faced greater interference and opposition spiritually than before… or maybe was made more aware. I can’t say which, but I can say that I’ve awakened to the need to pursue God in a determined way, and to see Him bring the deliverance that is needed for people and situations. Bribes don’t work with God, procrastinations don’t work with a certain future, and we must see this. It is time to set the watches to the right time, and give heart wholeheartedly to what is before us.
I pray we have the heart of Jesus, who saw the glory. He saw the glory, and despised the shame and the trial of the cross. He loved the one and the other was nothing to be esteemed in His sight. The one life was everything, and all else had no value. I pray we have that sort of heart and that sort of vision.