To help those who are away return to God what must people of faith do?

Blow the ram’s horn trumpet in Zion! Declare a day of repentance, a holy fast day. Call a public meeting. Get everyone there. Consecrate the congregation.
Make sure the elders come,  but bring in the children, too, even the nursing babies, even men and women on their honeymoon— interrupt them and get them there. Between Sanctuary entrance and altar, let the priests, God’s servants, weep tears of repentance. Let them intercede: “Have mercy, God, on your people! Don’t abandon your heritage to contempt. Don’t let the pagans take over and rule them and sneer, ‘And so where is this God of theirs?'” Joel 2:15-17 (The Message)

It is fascinating to me, as I try to come to the text without my religious goggles on, how different God’s priorities are to the Christian church. God calls his people to take a lead, to call a holy day of fasting, to call all men, women, and children into the sanctuary. He does not exclude people or put a hierarchy of importance in place. God calls all the people into his presence. It is the ‘priests’ that are to weep tears of repentance though. Those who have believed they have the answers and deliver spiritual guidance to the people. It is they that God calls to call out to him not to abandon his inheritance. 

If spiritual people are to be leaders of people then there is the need to lead by example. Too much, argument of who is right and who is wrong serves little purpose. That God says to those who seek to follow him closely to weep tears of repentance should be a solomn lesson. It is not that those who have returned to God are to have an ‘I’m alright’ attitude but to lead the way in a life of repentance and faith. ‘Pagans’ may taunt believers with the question of God’s whereabouts if we are not a people of repentance and faith. The whereabouts of God will be obvious if we are solidly seeking him through a life of repentance and faith.

Lord, let my life be the example to others that they may follow. May repentance and faith be my constant companions in the journey of life. May the example I set be one that iis compelling to all that I meet. Amen.

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