God’s Refinery – Are You Ready?
The story is told of a man who rushed into a suburban railroad station one morning and, almost breathlessly, asked the ticket agent: “When does the 8:01 train leave?”
“At 8:01,” was the answer.
“Well,” the man replied, “my watch says it’s 7:59, the town clock says it’s 7:57, but the station clock says it’s 8:04. Which clock am I to go by?”
“You can go by any clock you wish,” said the agent, “but you cannot go by the 8:01 train. It’s already left.” He missed his train by “that much” because he didn’t pay attention to the right standard.
God cannot lower His standards. That others (no matter how great they are in ministry) have lowered their standards to accommodate the changing times in the world does not mean God has lowered His, if you are governed by the wrong standards, you will ‘miss the train’ Let God’s word be your guide, it’s got the ‘accurate time.’ I encourage you to flee from anything that will pollute your soul no matter how well garnished they are. Let us stand for the truth. Hold on to Righteousness even if you are the only one standing. It will not be a funny scene if you don’t ‘catch the final train.’
A father and son were raking leaves when they noticed something darting in and out of the piles. After careful effort they uncovered a chameleon. It was difficult to see among the brown leaves. It had blended with them by turning brown, too. After catching the little creature, they put it in a jar of green grass, where it immediately turned green. When they added some red berries, the chameleon began to take on that color. Some people are chameleons in character; wherever you put them, they turn that color. Their thinking and their behavior depend on their environment. Christians are called to a different lifestyle. A lifestyle is a pattern of living wherein we live out what we believe. As Christians we were not called to blend in. As Christians, we were called to stand out. We have been called to salvation by God. We have also been called out of the world and worldly ways in order to live out our calling to a life of holiness as we serve God. Sexual impurity has become rampant in the church because we’ve ignored the costly work of obedience to God’s standards as individuals, asking too often, “How far can I go and still be called a Christian?” Stretching the boarder lines, we’ve crafted an image and may even seem sexually pure while permitting our eyes to play freely when no one is around. Keep yourself pure, for only the pure in heart will see God. Are you READY?