There are many times that I awaken in the morning with a scripture running through my mind. I know when that happens to listen for the Lord is speaking something to my spirit. This morning as I got out of bed Hebrews 12:25-29 was the subject matter that the Lord was bringing to my attention.
Hebrews 12:25-29 NIV See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “one more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” The words “once more” indicated the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.”
There are and have been many “shakings” going on in our world in 2012. From major weather events to political unrest and governmental changes, we’ve seen a year of numerous “shakings”. And for a lot of people those “shakings” were not just world events or major weather happenings, but were very personal “shakings” within their own families. It is at a time of unrest, turmoil and tribulations that we find ourselves looking for a place of refuge; a place of safety where we can hide until the storm passes by.
In this portion of Scripture the Lord tells us to be sure to listen to Him when major “shakings” occur. He shakes those things that are temporal so that the eternal is the only thing that remains. His kingdom is eternal; our world is temporary. When everything in your life is being shaken, what will remain is your spiritual connection to the Living God. Your relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ is what will not be shaken away. Everything else in life is temporal and subject to a shaking. For many the old song “there’s a whole lot of shaking going on” has become a reality in their own personal world. It is often during a time of shaking that people turn to the Lord. They realize that life is finite; we are but a vapor, a mist; only God is infinite.
James 4:13, 14 NIV Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city,spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.
Life is but for a fleeting moment in the grand scheme of eternity. We have but a few years on this earth to fulfill the plan that God has for each one of us. His ultimate plan for man is that we would receive the greatest gift that was ever given, Jesus Christ, as our own personal Lord and Savior. That entitles us to life eternal, with Him in Heaven. When the shaking is going on we often realize that this life is temporary with no guarantee of security. But God offers us eternal life; life that never ends through a relationship with Him that was purchased through the blood of Jesus.
John 17:3 NKJV “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”
Jesus said the way to receiving eternal life is through knowing God and His Son, Jesus Christ.
1 John 5:11-13 NKJV And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.
It is at this time of the year that we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, many only see Him as a babe in a manger, born in Bethlehem. They have never gotten past the birth of the Savior to see the risen Savior, the One who lived a sinless life and died the death of a criminal to pay the price for the sin of mankind. We each have to come to the place where we see Jesus, personally, as our own Savior and Lord. Jesus asked His disciples who they saw Him as when the world around them was saying all kinds of things about Him.
”Matthew 16:13-16 When Jesus came into the region of Caesara Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
This morning it doesn’t matter who your neighbor says Jesus is, or who your husband or wife says He is. What matters is who do you say He is? Is Jesus real to you, personally? Have you received Him into your heart as your own personal Savior? Do you have a relationship with Him that entitles you to eternal life; a life that continues into eternity even after this life is over? These are questions that only you can answer. No one can make that decision for you. There are no works that can gain access into an eternity spent with the Lord. Works will not earn your salvation; it is a free gift; only receiving Jesus will give you the privilege of living in the presence of the Lord.
Today there’s a whole lot of shaking going on, but that shaking can be used for your good if it leads you to the Savior! If you’ve never invited Jesus into your heart to be your own personal Savior and Lord, I would like to lead you in a prayer to do that; to seal you in Him once and for all eternity. Won’t you pray this prayer with me and sincerely mean it in your heart?
Father, I come before you right now realizing that I have never made Jesus my own personal Savior and Lord. I understand that You gave Him to be the payment for my sin; that He died for me and rose to new life that I might also die to my sin and raise to new life in Him. Thank You for the gift of salvation that You have given to the world; to me personally. Father, I ask You to forgive me for living my life for myself. I realize that I am a sinner both by birth and by choice. I choose now to live for You, to give my heart to Jesus and to receive Him as my Savior and Lord. I will live from this day forward for You. I give You my heart and all that I am and ever hope to be. I receive Your gift of salvation in Christ Jesus now and I thank You for saving me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
If you prayed that prayer for the first time and truly meant it in your heart, tell someone about it. It is with the confession of your mouth that salvation is secured according to Romans 10:10. We boldly proclaim that Jesus is our Savior and Lord!
Father, I thank You for those who have received Jesus as Savior and Lord today! Thank You for saving them; for giving them a home in heaven with you when this life is over. Thank You for providing eternal life for each one of us who have believed in our hearts that Jesus is the Son of God who died for our sins and have proclaimed Him as Lord with our mouths. Thank You for so great a salvation. At this time of the year when we celebrate His birth I pray that the eyes of the blind will be opened to see that He is not just a baby in a manger, but He is the Savior of the world. I pray that hearts will be touched and the blinders will be taken off the minds of those who are perishing so that they can see the light of the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ and come to salvation. Father, may the shakings that we are experiencing in our lives be a beacon to lead us to Jesus. I pray that none will be lost, Father, but that all will come to salvation. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.