4 For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4 (NASB)
The role of a Christian writer primarily focusing on the growing apostasy in the church is a tough one. As the Lord shows us what is really going on in the church that is Christian in name only it is easy to become overwhelmed. If we focus on the these things to the exclusion of our devotion to our Lord we will find in short order that these battles take a heavy toll. They cannot be fought in our strength alone. Fortunately, we can remain in the fight in obedience to our Lord as long as we are doing battle while yoked to our Lord.
28 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 (NASB)
In the context of Jesus’ command in this passage we see clearly that our obedience as the Lord’s servants is easy and refreshing, even restful, as long as we do what we do by starting with our Lord. We must come to Him, submit to His Lordship by taking on His yoke and learn from Him. No matter what our ministries are, if we start with Jesus and do what we do entirely within His Lordship, we will find that we can fight the good fight, dig out the truth no matter how well our enemy has concealed it, rebuke false shepherds, and point the Lord’s sheep to the right path. We can do all of this in terrible fights that sometimes seem endless and can appear to be no-win situations. We can do this as good soldiers who do not fall even if those outside of the God’s light see what we do as hopeless while being in continual dire danger. We can do this full of joy and peace and hope because we are obeying our Lord and He has promised that when we are obedient within His Lordship that the burden is easy and light. All Christians are called to get into the battle.
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