June, 2011

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True Love

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

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Love is a fundamental need of all people.  Regardless of race, religion, or nationality, all human beings need this four letter word.  Many people today drift from one meaningless relationship to another in search of this basic need.  However, to experience true love, we must know what it is.  Most people would agree that sacrificial giving is at the heart of true love.  Others would add that provision for a loved one’s needs is an important part of love.  Most would agree that commitment is also an essential part of love.  Sadly, in a d world which speaks a great deal about love, we find relatively few who exhibit true love.  Nevertheless, there is one person who does exhibit true love.  His name is Jesus Christ, and He truly loves you.

God’s Word, the Bible, asserts that “God is love” (1 John 4:8, 16).  Jesus Christ is God manifest in the flesh (John 1:14), and He came to earth and assumed human form through the virgin birth in order to demonstrate His love to the world.  Let’s briefly consider whether Christ’s love meets the criteria of true love.  Is Christ sacrificial in His giving?  Does He provide for His loved ones’ needs?  Is He faithfully committed to those He loves?  Let us examine the Biblical evidence, point by point.

First, is Jesus Christ sacrificial in His giving?  The Bible tells us Christ gave Himself sacrificially when He died on the Cross for our sins.  Jesus said, “Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13)  However, Jesus went further than this and laid down His life for His enemies.  As the Bible says, “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.  For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.  But God demonstrates his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:6-8)  The Bible clearly teaches that Jesus Christ loved us sacrificially.

Secondly, does the love of the Lord Jesus provide for the needs of His loved ones?  Perhaps it would be helpful if we first discussed the most important need of all mankind – salvation from God’s righteous punishment for our sins.  Sin is rebellion against God.  It is disobedience to His perfect commands and falling short of God’s perfect standard.  The Bible plainly states, “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”  The only thing that sin can bring about is death – that is to say, eternal separation from a loving God. (Romans 6:23)

Since we are all sinners in danger of the righteous judgment of God, we all need salvation.  The Lord Jesus provided for our need of salvation by dying on the Cross in our place.  He bore the punishment that our sins deserved.  In order to receive this salvation, however, we must acknowledge our sin before God, and believe on Jesus as our Lord and Savior.  AS the Bible says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus and thou shalt be saved.” (Acts 16:31)

Lastly, is Jesus committed to those He loves?  The Bible records that Christ rose again from the dead three days after His crucifixion, and is alive forever more.  The person who accepts the Lord Jesus as his personal Savior has the assurance that a living Lord Jesus will never leave them, nor forsake them. (Hebrews 13:5f)  He will never stop loving the believer, and promises him a place in Heaven with Him for all eternity. (John 14:1-3)  The person who believes in the Lord Jesus for salvation will never be judged for his sins, for the Lord Jesus paid for them through the shedding of His blood. (John 5:24)

Perhaps no better statement sums up the true love of God than those well known verses, John 3:16-17.  “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”

You can enjoy this love forever if you confess your sin to God and receive Jesus Christ as your personal loving Savior.

Ditch Digging Evangelism

Friday, June 10th, 2011

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Despite the title, I am no authority on excavation projects, large or small. Being afflicted by cerebral palsy, I am no authority on manual labor, or any blue-collar type of work for that matter. Given my physical limitations, my parents urged me early in life to attend to my studies and plan on some career where I would make a living with my mind. I relate the following two anecdotes therefore, as a means of stirring the imagination of Christians on gaining practical opportunities for sharing the gospel with the lost through practical service. It doesn’t have to be physical labor, it may be some other sort of service that will open the door for the gospel.

He Who Wins Souls Is Wise

An older brother in the Lord in his late nineties recently related to me the story of a great number of conversions that took place in his town about seventy years ago. He was one of around fifty at that time who were converted through faith in Christ. When I questioned him as how this state of affairs came to pass, he affirmed that his father was one of the chief people in bringing lost folks to hear the gospel. There was a traveling preacher holding gospel meetings nearby and my friends’ father determined to win his neighbors to Christ. He used a variety of clever means in inviting them to these meetings. Two of his methods in particular captured my imagination.

 

When he invited one local man to go to the meeting, the latter demurred on the grounds that he had to work in his garden that evening. This persistent Christian counter-offered that if the man would go to the meeting, then he would work in his garden the next day for him. Accordingly, the neighbor went to the meeting, was confronted with the claims of Christ, and was converted through receiving the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

As my friends’ father worked in the garden, another neighbor who was a general contractor, observed him and asked him if he knew anyone who would dig a ditch for him. The neighbor complained that people wanted too much money for their services and he had been unable to find someone to do it at a reasonable rate. Once again, the clever soul-winner offered to dig the ditch, saying: “For every hour that you go to the gospel meetings, I will spend an hour digging ditches for you.” The man found that arrangement to be quite lucrative, for not only did he obtain a ditch, he also met the Savior under the sound of the preaching of the Word of God!

Wise As Serpents, Harmless As Doves

To see people come to the Lord for salvation, one must be wise and diligently provide a hearing for the gospel by doing things to gain our neighbors’ attention. The Lord Jesus sat on a well to gain a woman with a checkered past (John 4), he attended to sick people (Mk. 1:32-34), and was even welcoming and kind towards children (Mt. 19:14.) Gardening, giving someone a ride, helping someone with their computer, hospitality, and taking baked goods to a neighbor all may be used to open the door for discussion of the claims of Christ. Any number of other good works can be done to adorn the gospel of God. One is only limited by our imagination and willingness to take the time for such preparatory gospel work. May the Lord grip our hearts with the opportunities that we have in our neighborhoods for His greater glory, and may we prayerfully seek to witness to those who are perishing.

New Article in Missions Magazine

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

My latest article may be accessed here: http://www.cmml.us/magazine/2011-06-01/june-2011

Podcast: The Sacred Trust

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

A Meditation on 1 Thes. 2:4 & our attitude towards the Gospel. Click here: KRK.6.1.11.Podcast.SacredTrust