Friday, August 22, 2014

A Different {less cold and drippy} Challenge

Hey You!  {can I hand ya a towel?}

Remember that time when all of Facebook was dumping buckets of ice on each other's heads (this week), recording and posting their frozen responses (some cute, others embarrassing, most hilarious) 
for their general public to relish? 

And then would come the key moment, as in each cold and drippy video clip, a list of names would be uttered. 
{Friends nominated.}
These friends too would now join the ranks of ice bucket challenging. 
{A deadline given – 24 hours.}

All this freezing fun in the name of donating to or supporting a foundation whose methods of research many of us know very little about, but a foundation that is working to establish a cure for a disease that we all know to be very bad... pals were enlisted to record, buckets were filled with ice water and dumped, names were nominated.

Celebrities, former presidents, stuffed animals, friends and neighbors! 
It's. Happening. Everywhere. 

My Facebook feed alone proves the expansive power of combining peer imitation with social networking in the name of philanthropy! 
Someone somewhere is a genious! 

Don't get me wrong! I have enjoyed watching several of these clips, giggling and laughing at many whom we love enjoying their frigid self-inflicted torture. 
It has been entertaining. 

But this domino affect shivering across our country has gotten me to thinking.

{Never mind that the ALSA uses methods of stem-cell research which most of my acquaintances would not support. I have already shared some articles and links communicating that concern as well as safe ways to support ALS patients and research. 
Please do your research and be knowledgable about where your dollars go}

What has absolutely riveted me is the universal human desire which has made this challenge so successful. 
That of being nominated; 
named, chosen, pursued, called up and out on a mission bigger than oneself. 

This hungering desire to be united, brought together, part of and included.
Could it be that we were created to find our identity in that of Another, in responding to a call, and acting forth on mission. 

If you're reading this and not yet in Christ through true saving faith, 
know that the greatest call your name will ever hear is that of Christ's calling you to salvation through the placement of your trust in his work alone on your behalf. 
"Truly truly I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not coming to judgment, but has passed from death to life." 
John 5:24 

If you are reading this, and like me, are a believer and follower of Jesus Christ, 
You HAVE already been named; nominated, adopted, drawn in, forever chosen!!! 
"even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ according to the purpose of his will." Eph1:4-5

The wrath of God was poured out on Christ in your place, and He bears your name on His palms. 
"even these may forget, yet I will not forget you. Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands..." Is49:15-16

He has given you a mission: 
make Him known to the ends of the earth. 

There is a cure to humanity's greatest disease! 
Sin has lost its victory and death it's sting in our Savior's death and resurrection. 
"you did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide..."

There is now no deadline for your soul, but there is one for your telling others about Him. 
You have until His return. 
{This may or may not be 24 hours.}
"and this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come." Matt24:14

Oh to see the proclaiming of His gospel taken up and spread like this past week's dumping of ice water! 
I have been challenged. 
I nominate..... 

You have this moment, today! 

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