This being the fifth day of the Ten-Day period of the Days of Awe (the days between Yom Teruah on the first day of Tishrai and Yom Kippur on the tenth-day of Tishri) continues to be a most interesting period of self-assessment for me. As I mentioned in an earlier post, this has been one of the most challenging intermediate period days than I’ve experienced in quite some time. So much is going on, not just in my small circle of influence, but in the world. There does seem to be a heavy spirit lingering about, leading to short tempers, confused of minds, uncertainty, and other less than desirable things.
Part and parcel of becoming a true disciple of Yeshua (aka: Jesus Christ) is to ultimately become, what Aaron Berg so aptly described in his article on the Days of Awe, “an honorable vessel for Yehovah. There can be no greater call for the true believer in Messiah. To have the fortitude and sincerity and strength of heart and mind to utter in the hearing of our Creator, “here I am Lord, send and or use me” is for all intents and purposes the ultimate thrust to our Faith.
I now know what I have to work on during the remaining five Days of Awe. I hope that this perception moment will have challenged your perceptions as they relate to your walk with the Master. Blessed Days of Awe.
I recall a great Gospel song made popular in the late 1990s/early 2000s by the famous Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir that proclaimed with soul-stirring force: “Do all you can for Him…He will reward you in the end…What you do for Jesus Christ, It’s not in vain.”
Indeed, the whole concept of working on behalf of the Kingdom is a recurring theme in the general epistles and the Gospels, despite the teachings of orthodox churchianity to the contrary. The first century Saints were no strangers to working for the good of the Kingdom. In fact with the exception of just a very small handful of disciples of Yeshua which included the Apostle John (the author of the Gosepl record that bears his name and the Book of the Revelation of Yeshua to the Saints), the work of the Gospel resulted in martyrdom. Yet today, many of us who proclaim to possess Yeshua as our Lord and Savior live out our journey and walk with the Savior in lavish churches and our message to those in our circle of influence is that we are christians saved by grace and our lives reflect a secular, carefree tenor.
One of the crucial questions one must ask is, “How may I be most used by Yehovah?” Granted, many of us are poised and desirous to do the Work of the Gospel but for whatever reason we find ourselves never finding the time or opportunities to do so. Furthermore, our service to Yehovah and the Kingdom is often hindered by our lackluster relationships with the Father and those who fall within our sphere of influence.
During these Days of Awe, a time of deep introspection and repentance, the ultimate aim of every believer of Messiah must in part be to solidify our relationship with the Father and firm up the relationships with those who fall within our sphere of influence. Then and only then may we be effectively used by the Father in His Great Work of the Kingdom. The Biblical record is pretty clear on this issue. A failure to have optimal, Godly relationships with our spouses, our children, our extended family members, our co-workers, our friends and neighbors, or even the strangers that may cross our paths, not to mention a transparent and loving relationship with our Creator, will hinder our prayers and lessen our witness and effectiveness in the work of the Kingdom.
The Apostle Peter wrote in his first epistle about Godly relationships and problems to be had by the believer of Messiah if he or she fails at maintaining these relationships. Listen to his wise discourse and instruction as well as meditate upon the content of this passage for it summarizes quite well the gist of what these Days of Awe should mean to each of us:
Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;2 While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.5 For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:6 Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement. 7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered. 8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:11 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. (1Pe 3:1-12 KJV)