We Need To Be 2

Someone has said, “Thank God I am not what I used to be.  Thank God I am not what I am going to be.”  So many people are just slaves to so many different things.  I think it was Martin Luther who said, “Free at last.  Free at last.  Thank God Almighty I am free at last.”

We come in contact with people every day that are bound by sin.  Do I or do you take the time and make the effort to do anything at all about it?  Only you and I can answer for ourselves.  God knows, so we might as well be honest with ourselves.

The Apostle Paul exhorts us in Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”  When we do not reach out to others and share the gospel with them it is show us that we are ashamed.  Don’t be ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

I still remember a time I had an opportunity to witness to someone and did not.  God forgive me!  You see, the thing is that God wants us to spread the news of salvation.  This leads me to next thing we need to be.

We need to be an evangelist.  In God’s word an evangelist is described as a preacher of the gospel.  Not every man, woman, boy or girl is called to be a Pastor.  It seems to me that we are all called to be an evangelist.  I do not mean that we all book evangelistic meetings in Churches.

What I am talking about is that we take every possible opportunity to share the gospel with others.  The gospel is the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ.  Fewer and fewer people will listen and hear the gospel.  They don’t what to be told they are sinners and that they (of all people) need a Saviour.  Sadly, it is true though.  We need to share the truth with others.

We must tell them they are sinners; but, there is a Saviour waiting to forgive their sin and make them His child if they will turn from their sin and receive Him as their Saviour.  It is so simple that people cannot “get it”.  Too many people want to “do” for their salvation; but, Jesus has “done” what needs to be in order for us all to be saved.  Are you?

So, how are you doing?

Ringer

My wife and I enjoyed spending Sunday evening through Wednesday evening at the annual Seedline International conference.  She was sick and could not go on the last night.  It was sad.

In this conference was a Missionary to Australia and I enjoyed listening to him.  “Good’ay Mate” was all he needed to say to me.  This guy has lived in Australia most of his life except for the time he spent in the United States going to Bible college.

He said that he spent most of his life as a “Ringer”.  I thought maybe he grew up ringing the Church bell.  This is a ministry that some take on and excel in.  A “Ringer” in Australia is a cowboy here in America.  I hate to say it; but, I immediately thought about a “dead ringer”.  We say that if someone looks like someone else.  I am guessing that the phrase come from somewhere else.

How fitting that this Ringer becomes a Missionary.  He is already used to dealing with hard-headed animals.  He should be well prepared for ministry.  His mandate comes from Matthew 28:19-20, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”  How about you?  Where does your mandate come from?

So, how are you doing?

Share Your Faith

I spoke with my dear friend Pastor Jim Kilgore earlier.  He has put out a challenge to Christians to share five gospel tracts with people they come in contact with.  People from overseas have signed up with over thirteen hundred people willing to share their faith with others.  The response from America?  A whopping twenty one.  Yes, I am serious.

What is the problem here?  My first thought was apathy.  We have become so burdened down with the nasty now and now that we just don’t care about others and their eternal destination.  It is so sad.  I am just as guilty as the next person.  Yes, I said that I am guilty!  The first step to getting better is to admit the failure.  Now, move one and do what you are supposed to do.  This is easily said and not so easily done, I know.

Fear is one of the top tactics of the enemy.  Now we have other forces of the human kind that would rather kill you than listen to your gospel presentation.  We must fear God more than we fear men.  Jesus put it this way in Matthew 28:10, “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”  Will you share the gospel with someone today?  How about five (5) people each day of July?

So, how are you doing?