Saturday, June 24, 2017
GETTING THROUGH TO PEOPLE WITH THE GOSPEL MESSAGE
Imagine, a spectacularly beautiful rainbow appeared in the sky. You want to share your excitement about it with someone, so you turn to the person next to you and say, Isn't that beautiful to behold?” The person doesn't seem to be as excited about it. In order to elicit a like reaction from the person that doesn't seem to be 'getting it', you begin to share specifics about what you saw and why it excites you so, but to no avail. Then you find out that the person is blind.
When we share the gospel with someone who is spiritually blind (2 Cor. 4:4), we should not get frustrated when they can't understand what is so understandable to us. Just as no amount of convincing, persuasion, and salesmanship could have helped the blind person see the rainbow,
no amount of the same will help a spiritually blind person perceive and believe the gospel message unto salvation. Who then can be saved?
In the process of bringing people to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, we do not do this alone, rather,
we are coworkers with Christ. (1 Cor. 3:9).
“When his disciples went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord kept working with them and confirming the message by the signs that accompanied it. (Mark 16:20)
Lets, look at two examples:
On the Sabbath, we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there.One of those listening was a woman from the city of Thyatira named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul's message. When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home. "If you consider me a believer in the Lord," she said, "come and stay at my house." And she persuaded us. (Acts 16:13-15)
WE PROCLAIM THE GOSPEL THE LORD REMOVES THEIR SPIRITUAL BLINDNESS AND ENABLES THEM TO UNDERSTAND IT AND BELIEVE UNTO SALVATION.
For we are laborers together with God (1 Cor. 3:9)
To His disciples who did not yet believe:
He (Jesus) said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms. ”Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” *(ACTS 24:44-45)
What about those who don't respond to the gospel? I didn't respond the first time I heard it, did you?
"One sows, another reaps" (John 4:37)
Be content to sow-Be content to reap for:
"Already he who reaps is receiving wages and is gathering fruit for life eternal;
so that he who sows and he who reaps may REJOICE together." (John 4:36-NAS)
Reservations for the Big Party have been made for YOU! Revelation 19:6-9)
Meanwhile...Occupy until He comes...