On my walks now, the air is crisp, with a cool breeze where there has been stiflingly humid heat. Low, slow moving cloud-cover makes pleasing patterns in the sky where eyes used to be met by the burning glare of the hot sun, which now rises later and sets earlier than a week ago.
The flowers are changing. Those that held up their pompous bushy blooms to the full sunlight are beginning to droop with age, while new, fresh colors appear peeking through the fading flora.
We recognize these as signs of change in the world around us. The seasons are changing. We change with them.
Our iced drinks, Jell-O and sliced fruit plates give way to hot chocolate, and plates of warm, just baked cookies. We share recipes with a neighbor for fruit pies or jams from the harvest.
We change the way we dress to greet the world. Shorts and tank tops have added an over-shirt to their look. Slowly sweats and sweaters creep back into our daily wardrobe. We may allow our hair to grow a bit to cover the back of our necks. Our thoughts turn away from the pools and picnics of summer to hayrides and harvest moons.
We recognize and respond to these signs so easily and freely. We would never want to be caught wearing an out-of-season outfit. We think ourselves wise to have learned these customs. Are we?
The Bible tells us of change. It says a time is coming when our Lord Jesus Christ will come again. Soon, the Lamb’s Book of Life will be closed forever. The names of the saved are written in this book. And even today, as people hear and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, names are still being added.
But the day is coming when not one more name will be allowed.
We do not know that day specifically, but we know that each passing day brings us one day closer. Just as we don’t know the date of the first snow; we know it is coming, and we prepare for it.
How are we preparing for Jesus’ second coming? Are we changing outwardly?
Instead of a recipe that will stay in his stomach for an hour, why don’t we share with that neighbor, a message that will stay with his soul for eternity?
You know the message. There are only two teams. Jesus and satan. We are all born onto Team satan. Staying on that team ends in eternal death, a one-way ticket to hell. But you can choose to leave that team to join Team Jesus. Team Jesus has eternal life, heaven – forever.
To join Team Jesus it’s as simple as A-B-C. Accept the free gift of God’s salvation. Believe that Jesus died for your sin. Confess, or say out loud, that Jesus rose from the dead and is your Savior.
Speak that in a prayer to God and you are on Team Jesus – forever! You will never play for Team satan again.
That’s the message to share. But if you just prayed it for the first time – Congratulations! You are on team Jesus!
Tell someone about it – shoot me a comment, or email Josh Burris at firstname.lastname@example.org. Get Josh’s book on Amazon.com.
Get hold of a Bible and start reading it. It is God’s love letter to you to learn more about Him and your life on Team Jesus.
It’s time. Clothe yourself with Jesus’ righteousness. Serve salvation to a starving world. And prepare for the days ahead in a way that you will be called “wise.”
“Let the wise listen and add to their learning.” Proverbs 1:5