By Wes Mason
For the time [has arrived] for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will [be] the end of those who do not respect or believe or obey the good news (the Gospel) of God? ~ 1 Peter 4:17 (AMP)
We have seen a lot of terrible things in the news recently, 2 major earthquakes in Nepal and 1 in Japan, a horrible train wreck in Philadelphia, continued war in the middle east, tornado outbreaks in the mid-west, historic drought in California, floods in Texas, and violence in Baltimore and in other cities. There is a temptation for bible believers to view these as judgments from God for mankind’s continued rejection of his word and will. They may or may not be, but God’s word declares that his judgments start with his own people, not those outside of his Kingdom.
Gods judgment is not capricious or arbitrary. His judgments are corrective in nature for his people.
For whom the Lord loves He corrects, Just as a father the son in whom he delights. ~ Pro 3:12 NKJV
As I father I have had to correct my sons and as a Christian I have been corrected by our heavenly father. While mine may have been an angry reaction to what they did, his correction is a call to repent, to turn away from sin and rebellion:
Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? ~ Rom. 2:4
To repent it to turn away from that which offends God and turn to him.
The church is much in need of repentance today. We have grown weak, worldly and ineffective in our time. We are called by God to be salt and light, to declare the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed and to live to bring God glory in the power of his Holy Spirit.
May he find us faithful to do so.
In Jesus name.
Wes Mason is a native of Richmond VA. He served in the USAF after graduating in 1974 and lived in NM, TX, MA and the UK. While in TX, he recognized God’s calling on his life and was ordained in a small Pentecostal Church in 1984. He moved to Boston to finish college, and while there, was involved in campus ministries as a student leader and a prison ministry volunteer. After college Wes moved back to Richmond in 87, very quickly was asked to be part of the Good news Jail and Prison Ministry at Henrico County Jail west. Currently Wes provides pulpit supply for 11 local Baptist churches. He’s married to my wife Cindy, a school teacher since 88, and has 2 great sons. Wes is a member of Hunton Baptist Church in Glen Allen, Va. Wes plays the 5 string banjo and guitar for a hobby. You can connect with Wes via email: firstname.lastname@example.org