What is Relevant in your life?
In this world of apologetics, I have seen some very strong and powerful methods to reach people with their message. The Bible tells us that, "Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together." (John 4:34-36) And we see in 1 Timothy 1:15 that, "that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners."
Before He went into Heaven, Jesus told the parable of the seeds, "He answered and said to them: "He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one. The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels" (Matthew 13:37-39) In this parable we see both the good and the wicked people doing the same thing, sowing seeds of what they want others to follow. But who does these works of seed planting and how good are their methods? Do you ever wonder which group is telling you the truth? How does one know which way to follow? These are questions that everyone must have thought of at some point.
The Bible tells us about many of our methods and gives us hints on whether we do it right or wrong. As usual, however, the heart must be ready to search for the truth, to seek and find what God’s Word reveals. Some of the points are clear in places that you’d likely just read over and miss it. Such a place is in Revelation 21:8 which tells us among the other sins that "the cowardly,... shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death." This is a great motivator to get out and evangelize, despite the unpopularity of doing so in this world. We can also see in 1 Corinthians 13 that God is a God of love, and we should imitate Him in our lives so as to not do the wrong way, "If I speak in the tongue of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing." The Jesus way is, "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."
There is the danger of doing your evangelizing without waiting for the Lord to show you where you should go and how He wants you to do it. Just as those in Romans 10:2 shows, "For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge." Many of us are like those that have the zeal without the correct knowledge when we evangelize. Unfortunately, I still find that most people are not open to the gospel, as they’re in their happy little world of fun and games and not wanting to be disturbed. So we have this fine line in which we must not be a coward, yet as the old Iowa farmer once said, "Even hog farmers know that you don’t dump the feed in all at once." In other words, we must do our evangelizing with love, in truth, but with tact-fullness to some degree.
This month’s message is to help those that desire to save others with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, to have some more insights of the degree of difficulties in doing so. Not a whole lot of us have the money or the means to get our message on "Relevant Radio" which is like EWTN the Catholic TV station. True, Relevant Radio is quite convincing with their choir music, Mother Angelica, John Corapi, Drew Mariani, Bishop Sheen and all of their "testimonies" and claims to be the truth. Just how much poison does it take to mess up the Gospel of Grace? As far as newspapers, they don’t help that much either and usually will stop placing your messages in their papers when the public starts to pressure them. So for the most part, the convenient ways to get our message across to others is simply person to person witnessing. God provides us with many ministries that gives us tracts, books, and videos and we do have this particular newspaper as well with Rob’s insights.
The motivation for this article came as I saw a website done by a writer in this paper named Ray Comfort and His ministry of www.thewayofthemaster.com or www.livingwaters.com. He uses the Ten Commandments in reaching the lost, to convict them of the need for salvation in Jesus Christ. He tells it like Scriptures say, "...by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin." Other comments include the realistic facts that becoming a believer does not carry any guarantee that anyone would have a smooth or easy life. Some very fine videos that I’d highly recommend that you watch are "Hells best kept Secrets" and the Street-witnessing videos that are on this web page. Of course, there are my favorite websites as well, Mike Gendron’s WWW.Pro-gospel.org, Dave Hunt’s and T.A. McMahon’s WWW.Bereancall.org, and WWW.bereanbeacon.org by Richard Bennet. There are many more ministries but these are just the tip of the iceberg. What you open your eyes and ears to is so very relevant to getting the message straight and out to others. That is what my Gospel Light Ministries is all about.
In closing, I want to show you who God uses from Scriptures. 1 Corinthians 1:27, 28 has: "... God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are." And we should remember Moses saying, "O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue" God responded with, "Now therefore, go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say." We also have an example of how God works with the 300 men that God used with Gideon when He said, "The people who are with you are too many for Me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel claim glory for itself against Me, saying, ‘My own hand has saved me. (Judges chapter seven) We also see Elijah’s Mount Carmel victory over the four hundred prophets of Baal. (1 Kings 18) Bottom line is God uses whom He chooses and nothing is impossible with God. Romans 8:31 says, "What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?" (Romans 8:31) What is really relevant to you in your walk with God? Get out and witness to the lost. Or as Scriptures say, "For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise ... from another place,... who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?" (Esther 4:14)