Ezekiel 14:22 “Yet, behold, therein shall be left a remnant that shall be brought forth, both sons and daughters: behold, they shall come forth unto you, and ye shall see their way and their doings: and ye shall be comforted concerning the evil that I have brought upon Jerusalem, even concerning all that I have brought upon it.”
REM’NANT, noun [contracted from remanent. See Remain.]
1. Residue; that which is left after the separation, removal or destruction of a part.
The remnant that are left of the captivity. Nehemiah 1:3.
2. That which remains after a part is done, performed, told or passed.
The remnant of my tale is of a length to tire your patience.
Where I may think the remnant of my thoughts. – Webster’s 1828 American Dictionary
It is easy for us to get discouraged when we look around us. Many see the corruption at every level of government, violence and crime rising up, and even our homes are falling apart at the seams.
Many go to churches and come away empty because the pastors and leaders are not God-led, God-filled or God-ordained. They take the path of ease, comfort and work more for the praise of man than to glorify God.
To be a remnant, there must first be a separation. Today, that means a personal decision to be holy; a decision to reject all that calls to our flesh. It is not a one-and-done drive-thru mentality. It is not a ‘set it and forget it’ app for your phone. It is a constant direction of our hearts turned toward our God.
The remnant must choose the least traveled path; the path that may lead to persecution or even death. Churches today are more likened unto a social club than a spiritual hospital or a ‘search and rescue’ operation.
To be a part of that remnant, we must have hearts that desire to follow God no matter who defects.
To be a part, we must be willing to walk alone.
To be a part, we must commit no matter the cost.
The martyrs of days gone by did all this and more. Their faces were steadfastly set no matter what the cost or sacrifice… even unto death. At times, the death they faced was far more cruel than you or I can imagine.
Today, Christians are being persecuted around the world in record numbers.
But whether or not death stares you in the face, will you decide to live for God today?
1 John 3:16-17 “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?”
Can you picture it?
Looking upon the nail-scarred hands of Jesus and fully realizing the price that He paid for our sins, can we honestly expect to hear; “Well done” with what we have accomplished so far?
Or will the words “I love you” seem hollow when there is a void where acts of love should be?
Being a remnant is not easy.
Being a remnant is not safe.
Being a remnant takes determination, courage and committment.
We all speak of Christ’s coming, but will we be found faithful?
Luke 18:7-8 “And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?”
Joshua 24:15 “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
That’s how you become part of the remnant.