This month of December will make 25 years since I first believed the Bible and was baptized/save by grace (see Ephesians 2:8-9 KJV). I am still very grateful to God: Jesus for looking down at a simple person/soul like me and granting His Salvation with the Holy Ghost (see Acts 2:38 KJV). Today I still have a very strong need for God. I need God and every day.
Some of my relatives who got “saved” before me are no longer in Church (UPCI or otherwise). And many of those who were in my New Convert/Member Class at Church those many years ago, have stopped going to Church (see 2 Timothy 4:10 KJV). But thank God I am still believing the truth (see Matthew 24:13 KJV).
Most of my prayers over the years have been specifically answered. But some are yet to be answered. I do not believe in “never give up.” But I do believe in doing what’s right all the time. Sometimes we must be wise enough to know when to stop. It’s not so much about “giving up” as it is about knowing when to stop. When to realize and be prudent about what we do.
After my mother died in 2010 in Philadelphia, my Church Fellowship took a drastic turn in Philadelphia. It’s going be 10 years very soon where I am now in Fellowship. And once again, I need to make some significant decisions. I have seen many people change in the almost 10 years in Fellowship at the local Philly Church. But most of all, I have seen myself changed – for the better I hope in the eyes and mind of God. Change in life must come. And life must go on, but hopefully in Christ.
Many years ago after I “graduated” from the “New Convert Class” at my first local Church, I wanted so much to become the Church Sunday School Director one day. Instead, for my first Official Church Appointment I was the “Men’s Ministry Director” at another Outreach Church with a new Bishop who was far more experienced than I was. That Men’s Ministry Appointment back then seems to be helping me even today. Because I can still see God and the Spiritual Dimensions of what the Bishop was saying operate in the life of many men today – good or not so good at times. I no longer desire to become the Sunday School Director of any Church. And I am not the Men’s Ministry Director since my early days as mentioned above. But I still desire one thing (Ministry) from the Lord in my continued journey and in the Ministry. If he agrees and allows that, bless God. If he does not agree to allow that, still bless God: Jesus.
In the Bible 2 Timothy 3:1-17 talks about “…in the last days perilous times shall come.” Many people will disagree about whether we are in the “last days” or not as mentioned in the Scriptures. I believe we are. The kind of change I am seeing from many inside the House of the Lord, to those still in the world and the “System” of the World at work, leave no doubt in my mind. But that can never stop the Church or good men of God from preaching and teaching the truth from the Bible (see 2 Timothy 4:2-4 KJV). God: Jesus cannot lie. And the word of God will always be truth and remain so even if many do not believe (see Romans 3:3-23 KJV).
So the bottom line is, it’s still good to believe in God and remain saved all the days of our life. In addition, we are not saved to just enjoy our personal Salvation. But we are also saved to help others be saved and remain saved as well. Because as 1 Corinthians 13:13 says “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”