The Thought for the Week this week is written by Paul Sharkey

by Susie Jean Sharkey


“Work.....while it is day,the night cometh when no man can work.” (John 9:4)

In Scotland, we have a rich and deep spiritual past. Without effort, I think of St Ninian in Whithorn, Galloway, probably building the first Church in the land, his Candida Casa, or White House in the 5th century, on the shores of the Solway. After Ninian, came St Columba of Iona, then skipping forward a thousand years, there is Samuel Rutherford of Anwoth, Alexander Peden (Peden, “the Prophet”) and the thousands of his contemporaries - those Covenanters who gave their lives at the edge of the king's sword, or on the hangman's gallows for allegiance to Jesus Christ in the 1600s. Into the 19th century, there was William Chalmers Burns of Kilsyth (later missionary to China) and, Robert Murray McCheyne, of Dundee, who is said to have affected a generation in Scotland for Christ during his brief 29 years on this earth. A wonderful heritage – and those are only a few of the many, many giants of prayer and faith who held high the banner of the Lord Jesus Christ and proclaimed forgiveness from sin and new life in Christ - in this land and far beyond.

So, you may ask, “Where are they now?” An unnecessary question, we all know, because each and every on of them is dead. Long gone. They had their day, they committed themselves to the cause of Jesus Christ, they lived out their lives and now they are gone. Gone from this land and from the world. Their day is done.

So, what now? Who is to stand against the onslaught of evil in this land? Who will pray against the powers of darkness and sin entrapping our young and old alike? Who will pick up the banner for Jesus Christ now in our day? Who will take the gospel to the lost? Who will weep in prayer for the souls swept away to hell day by day and year by year? Jesus said, “Work....while it is yet day, for the night cometh when no man can work.” (John 9:4). This is our day. This is our moment. This is our generation. We are the Church of Jesus Christ in Scotland today! If we won't pray, who will? If we won't speak for Jesus, who will? If we won't work the works of righteousness in our day, who will?

Dear friends, seek the Lord while He may be found (Is 55:6). Call upon Him and He will answer (cf. Jer 33:3)! Be the fire in the Church today. Be the one who seeks the Lord, Be the intercessor who cries to God and weeps for lost souls until the fire from heaven falls in this generation!