“Make vows to the Lord your God and fulfill them; let all the neighboring lands bring gifts to the One to be feared.” (Psalm76:11)
God has acted in wrath against all powers of evil. His people respond with vows, promising to serve the Lord.
Obedience to our Lord demands such a response. One vow God wants us to make is to tell the world of His salvation. I would say this is the least that we could do, right?!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, You know us better than we know ourselves. Today, we seek Your guidance in obedience. As this verse states, people were making vows to our God. We have also made vows to God, but have not always stood by them. Help us to not only make a vow to You, but to also follow through to the end. We need Your strength and courage, Abba, to fulfill the vows we make to You. All this we pray in Jesus’ precious name. Amen.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Conscience is God’s built-in warning system.”
“So Elijah went from there and found Elisha son of Shaphat. He was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen, and he himself was driving the twelfth pair. Elijah went up to him and thew his cloak around him. Elisha then left his oxen and ran after Elijah. ‘Let me kiss my father and mother good-by,’ he said, ‘and then I will come with you.’ ‘Go back,’ Elijah replied. ‘What have I done to you?’ To Elisha left him and went back. He took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out to follow Elijah and became his attendant.” (1st Kings 19:19–21)
God’s call to speak His word comes, and those he calls are to obey. Obedience to the call of God is an essential motive in the task of evangelism. The doctrine of evangelism demands obeying God as He commits to us the task of witnessing. We are servants. That means obedience even if the message is a difficult one as in young Samuel’s case. Clear enough?
“’Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.’ ‘Ah, Sovereign Lord,’ I said, ‘I do not know how to speak; I am only a child.’ But the Lord said to me, ‘Do not say, I am only a child. You must go to everyone I send you. Do not be afraid of hem, for I am with you and will rescue you,’ Declares the Lord. Then the Lord reaches out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, ‘Now, I have put my words in your nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.’” (Jeremiah 1:5–10)
The prophetic call to declare God’s message has several significant evangelistic principles. (1) God calls in His sovereign purpose (v 5); (2)the appointment comes from God, not human agency (v 5); (3)human limitations are not important (v 6); (4) human obedience is expected (v 7); (5) God is with those He calls for the task (v 8); (6) God enables His witness to speak His word (v 9); (7) the message will provoke a crisis of decision (v 10). In the light of all these marvelous truths, we ought to evangelize faithfully, for to this He has called us all (Matthew 28:9-20).
Second Thought of the Day:
“Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. Be merciful to those who doubt; snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy; mixed with fear—-hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.” (Jude1:21-23)
Amid persecution and ridicule, evangelism is still the order of the day. We have cogent reasons not only to persevere in faith but also to call others to the gospel: (1) obedience keeps us in the love of God; (2) we are sharing the message of eternal life people need to hear, (3) we display mercy for the lost; and (4) people are saved from the eternal flame (Matthew25:41).
We are to do this great work in fear and holy living, hating all things spotted by the sinful flesh. To be obedient to our Lord, we must share our faith. This is paramount, beloved.