Considering that I’ve only been seriously working on this blog for just over a couple of years now, I passed a milestone the other day by publishing over 800 posts. Obviously not all of them are originals as I also frequently repost other articles authored by other Christians that catch my eye. The scary part is, I’ve barely scratched the surface. There are so many things to learn in God’s Word and so much information available that reinforces our Christian faith.
Yet to be honest with you, this blog is but an infinitesimal blip on the radar of what God is doing in this world and the real value for me that is associated with maintaining this blog is that it has been a blessing because of what I have been exposed to since I earnestly started devoting time to it.
I’ve been introduced to a lot of people that I wouldn’t have come to know otherwise. And of course, each one of you have your own story, your own struggle and your own measure of success that encourages me. Most of us realize that we’re not that different from everyone else but the dialogue and exchanges by real people who acknowledge their own shortcomings and continue to move forward reinforces this reality and for me that is a good thing because I need to know that.
And it makes no difference what the color of our skin is, or what culture we grew up in or the mistakes that we all made, God’s love is held out to each one of us and we are all equal before Him. How I wish more of humanity understood this.
I don’t know if you’re like me but I have a tendency to focus on me. Ya, I know, you’d never have guessed it but that’s the truth. And yes, I’m joking.
I think that is one of the main plus’s of spending time publishing a blog. It makes you realize that you’re just one of so many that strive to follow our Lord’s will and commandments. And, in the end, it’s not about us at all. I’m ashamed on how long it took me to realize that.
There’s a good number of you that I look up to, I value your contributions to the stream of witnesses, your letting your hair down so to speak and telling it like it is. Because I’ve followed a good number of you for a good while now, I’m used to your style, the manner in which you articulate your thoughts and the realness of your witness and the unique gifts that you have. That means a lot because we are all alike in so many ways yet each of us is unique and it shows and I for one am glad of that.
Spending time on publishing articles on a Christian Apologetics blog makes you spend more time in God’s Word and we all know that is a good thing. It also gives one a new appreciation for the value and necessity of prayer, which is another good thing.
And the most important aspect of doing this blog is that it has brought me closer to Jesus and as we all know, that is what it’s all about. Getting real with Jesus and having Him get real with us. The wonder of it all is that He does.
We had a baptism at Church this last Sunday. His name is Chris and we hugged. God’s love for Him just welled up in my heart and I had to go back for a second hug. I’m so grateful for God’s Holy Spirit who sheds forth God’s love. Those are the easy one’s, where it just naturally flows. But they’re not all like that, we all seem to have those that we know that are sometimes difficult to love and those are the one’s that bother me most. That tells me that I still have a good way to go, that I’m still far from the mark.
Putting the reality of how God sent His Son to do for us what we could never do for ourselves, together in our heads and hearts, takes time. And as I grow older, the threads in the material that He weaves seems to grow closer together and form a more substantial substance of my faith. It’s hard to put it all into words and I’m not even sure that we or I can. There will come a time for all of us when we leave this world behind and God is preparing us for that day. I have a hard time believing how patient He is and the depth of His love.
We are continually surrounded with physical realities and yet it is the spiritual realities that God continually draws us to. How sometimes in prayer He is so close you’d think you could almost touch Him, you KNOW He’s there, you feel His presence. Yet we can’t touch Him and it’s very seldom that we actually hear His voice. Yet that still quiet voice does speak to us and He is always present and He cares more than we ever can know, while we are yet in these tents or bodies.
I don’t know what tomorrow will bring but I must be learning something because today is all that I can handle. I’m not in charge, He is and He will bring to completion that which He graciously started in me, long ago. What a wonderful God we worship and serve.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!