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?
I have a quote on my wall from Chuck Knoll that says, “Champions don’t beat themselves. If you want to win, do the ordinary things better than anyone else does – day in and day out.”
My guess is that you are wondering how this quote and our current series connects. I hope to make that bridge quickly. Here goes.
I was watching a basketball game the other evening with family. I watched in horror as our team went down by nineteen (19) points. This was nearly horrifying. Then we watched as they just point by point chiseled away at this deficit. The next thing we knew they were ahead by two. From there it went back and forth.
Now, if you and I are going to see God’s Glory come back we have to take the the counsel of coach Chuck Knoll. We have to do the ordinary things better than anyone else so to speak. What I mean is that we need to get back to the basics. We must meet with God everyday in prayer. We must meet with God everyday in Bible study and I think we must go out and introduce other people to our Heavenly Father in witnessing. These are basic; but, needed things in our lives.
So, how are you doing?
II Chronicles 5:1, “Thus all the work that Solomon made for the house of the LORD was finished: and Solomon brought in all the things that David his father had dedicated; and the silver, and the gold, and all the instruments, put he among the treasures of the house of God.”
Last night at Church we watched a movie titled “Sheffie”. It is a movie about a Preacher named Robert Sheffie and it is a true story. If you want clean, Christian entertainment that will build you up then you need to purchase the movie.
In this movie Robert Sheffie faces all kinds of opposition; but, he continues faithful to the end of his life. It is a fantastic true story. My favorite part is where Sheffie prays for a moonshiner that an oak tree would fall on his still and crush it. The man laughed and said that there were no oak trees within 200 yards of the place. Yet, a thunderstorm comes in the night and lightning strikes an oak tree on the side of the mountain and it tumbles down and lands right on the still and crushes it.
Here was a man that was wholly surrendered to the LORD. I wonder if there would be found a man today like Robert Sheffie? Look at Isaiah 61:1, “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;” Will you be that man or that woman who will pay the high price and willingly serve God and win others to Christ? Jesus is always looking for men and women to take His message to the world and even to those around us. Will you go?
People today do not care about our God. They explain Him way and do all they can to suppress all knowledge of Him. This is so serious! One of the big reasons people deny God is so that they are not accountable to Him. I mean, if He does not exist then I am not accountable. The sad thing is that they will stand before God one day because He does exist and they will eternally regret their decision to not trust Him for salvation.
What are we doing about it? We have Church programs. We have spaghetti dinners and invite the town’s people in for a feel good time of “fellowship”. Far too many Churches today do not even make an effort to go out into the community and reach out to those who live around the Church. People are truly dying and going to a real place called hell and we sit on our pew and do nothing about it. We should be ashamed of ourselves!
God is looking for someone to stand up and share the gospel with people and see them saved and added to His Church. There is an epidemic of sin in this world and we are not doing anything to combat this. Look at Numbers 25:11, “Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, hath turned my wrath away from the children of Israel, while he was zealous for my sake among them, that I consumed not the children of Israel in my jealousy.” Here was a situation where God’s wrath had come down and judged His own people. While the so-called religious people sat by one man stood up and did something about it. That man was Phinehas.
My wife shared with me the other day a sweet story about one on her students. One of the boys in her class went home and told his mother that he wanted to go stand on the platform with my wife during their morning chapel time. The mom asked him why. His response was, “Miss Tara looks lonely standing on the stage all by herself.” Out of the mouths of babes.
This sweet story made me think. What came to mind was a group of passages of Scripture like Mark 6:34, “And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.”
The past three days we have looked at how love is a command, choice and a commitment. Now we are challenged to put this into action. This young boy saw what he thought was a need. He had formulated a plan to make the situation all better. He was going to go stand on the stage with my wife. He does not understand that this is how chapel works. It was very sweet anyway.
When you see others in need do you move to help them? I hope and pray that compassion motivates you and me to do something to help others. The person with the greatest need is the one who does not know Jesus Christ as their Saviour. You and i must go tell them about Jesus.
Mark 5:18-19, “And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him. Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.”
As I related yesterday I will be using Pastor Jeffery Johnson’s outline from his recent message. Today we will look at the first point.
Go home for what – your mission field. Far too many of us just sit around idle and let people step out into eternity. Two people every second die. What are we doing about it? I am afraid that most of us are doing nothing about it.
We have become so calloused by all the evil that is around us that we have become indifferent to those around us. We have lost our passion. We do not care that people die ever day and we don’t care what their eternal destination is or will be. This is tragic. We will all stand before God one day and give an account for how we have lived. Imagine standing before Him and looking at our hands and seeing them stained with the blood of people who now spend their eternity in hell. This is a sobering thought; yet, we might read this and then simply go on and do nothing.
Jesus told this man to “go home”. He sent the man to those he could influence. He sent him to his friends. He was not sent to some far country where he would have to raise money to get there. His mission field was all around him; but, he must “go home” first.
What will you do today that will impact your mission field? I hope you will commit to win your family and friends before it is eternally too late.
Well, yesterday’s post got some good feedback so I thought I might try another day on the same subject. As we saw yesterday the moon only reflects the light of the sun. This is how we need to live our lives. We need to reflect the Light of the SON.
I was thinking about the Seedline International Conference last week. On the last night everyone is given a glow stick and we all stand in a circle around the tent where the meeting is held. One by one each person breaks their glow stick and shakes it up and the red light begins to shine. The more glow sticks shining the brighter it gets in the tent. I know you see where this is going.
Today would be better titled “Glow Stick Christianity”. Think about this. Just like the glow stick, God has to break us to allow our light to shine more bright. Then He shakes us up and then we really begin to “go, grow and glow for the glory of God.” That was not original with me; but, I love it! So, Christian friend is your glow stick broken and shaken up to allow your light shine more brightly? Look at Matthew 5:16, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
I am wondering where the day has gone where people that went to the altar to pray were accompanied by someone else praying for them? Maybe people are afraid of what people will think about them for going to the altar. I know there are some Churches left where someone will come pray with you at the altar; but, I think it should be common place.
The reason I posted my photograph of the moon is because the moon has no light in it. The light that illuminates the moon comes from the sun. It is just a large reflector. This is exactly what happens when we minister to the needs of one another. I know in my life there have been times that I wished someone would put their arm around me and pray for me and my family. Sometimes people pick up on the leading of the Holy Spirit. To God be the glory!
I know that we all have opportunities in our lives to reflect Jesus to others. The problem is that we do not always take these opportunities. Look at Matthew 5:14, “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.”
There is a story on a local news station about a 57 year old man going around his city carrying buckets of water to give to dogs that do not have water (link here). When I heard this it brought to mind Matthew 10:42, “And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.”
Now, before you boycott and jump all over me let me say that I do not for one second think Jesus was referring to animals in this passage. Although, Jesus does expect us to take good care of our pets and other animals. Jesus was telling us to care for one another. I think that it is a good picture of what Jesus Himself did. Remember the woman at the well? He gave her water that would quench her thirst for all eternity. I fully believe that Jesus expects you and I to follow His example and take the “water of the Word” to everyone and share it with them. This way they too can establish a relationship with Him. Then their thirst will be eternally quenched.
The other day I overheard a conversation between my wife and my mother. My wife was sharing about our experience ministering at Good News Mission this past Friday evening. It was an amazing night to say the least.
Tears began to run down my cheeks as I heard her telling about the service. She was telling about how her hands and arms were literally sore because she had played the piano harder than she ever had before in her life. I know that by the time the song service was over I was so exhausted that I was not sure how I would ever preach. As Tara sang the song, “The Touch Of The Master’s Hand” the men were responding with applause and shouts of “Amen!” and the like.
When I stepped up to the pulpit I knew God moved in at that moment. I opened the Word of God and preached my heart out for twenty (20) plus minutes on the truth of the existence of hell. The men were deeply moved.
As I mused on this evening and listened to my wife recount the events to my mother I thought about how it must thrill the heart of our Father to hear us tell His story. The Gospel is a glorious story of love and redemption. I thank God for Pastor Sherman Essex for sharing this with me so that I might be saved.
What story are you telling? Was it the story of the one that got away at the lake last year? We all love to talk about our children and their success and accomplishments. There are far too many people that say they are born-again that never share the true story of Jesus and His love for all mankind. Look at 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.”